Chengde is an 18th century imperial resort area 255 km northeast of Beijing. Once known as Jehol, it boasts the remnants of the largest regal gardens in China,
The town of Chengde is unexciting, but the park and temples are fine and if you catch a bit of fair weather during your visit the place can be fantastic, with some inspiring views, grab a bike, pedal through the enchanting countryside and make sure you take in the jaw-dropping statue of Guanyin at Puning Temple-one of Buddhist China’s most incredible accomplishments.
Located in a pleasant river valley and vordered by hills, het town of Chengde spreads out south of the Imperial Summer Villa and the Eight Outer Temples.
Chengde is one of the first 24 cities designated by the state s renowned historical and cultural cities. With a long history and beautiful scenery, it is like a pearl glittering among the high mountain ridges in northern Hebei Province. A northern city famous for its scenery, Chengde has been listed in the “44 Major Scenic Attractions of China”, “China’s Ten Major Scenic Spots” and the “40 Leading Tourist Attractions of China”.
Chengde boasts both the landscape of North China and scenery of the south. The area is abundant in spectacular peaks and rocks, charming grasslands, rivers and forests. Its rich natural scenery and historic sites are as varied and colorful as the sea shells at the beach. The Summer Resort, or Bishushanzhuang (Feeling-the-Heat Mountain Villa), in the city is the largest ancient imperial park extant in the country. It is world-famous for incorporating the essence of China’s classic landscaping.