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The Mountain Resort in Chengde, Hebei Province, China, was the Summer Palace of the Qing Dynasty. Built between 1703 and 1792, the Mountain Resort and its outlying temples in Chengde is a vast complex of temples, palaces, administrative offices and ceremonial buildings. These manmade structures were built to blend harmoniously into the landscape of lakes, pastures and forests. They also represent a variety of architectural styles and reflect the aesthetic aspiration of imperial China of that period.

The Mountain Resort and outlying temples of Chengde were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 18th session of the World Heritage Committee, which met in Phuket Thailand on 12-17 December, 1994.

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Tower in Chengde, China
Tower in Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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Chengde, China
Chengde, China
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 40 59 13 E 117 56 18 in Chengde, Hebei Province, China
Inscription Year: 1994
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

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Visiting Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde

Chengde is located 250 km (150 miles) to the northeast of Beijing. You can reach it by plane, train and bus from Beijing. From Chengde, you can take the public bus 118 to visit the temples on the northern side and bus 119 to the southern side. The fare is a flat ¥1. There is no attendant and no change given, so prepare the right amount.

Another alternative is to take the taxi. The taxis do not carry a meter, so negotiate in advance. A trip to visit the temples should cost you around ¥15.


Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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