Chengde Summer Resort
Chengde Summer Resort is in the northern part of Chengde City, Hebei Province. Chengde Imperial Palace, also known as the Rehe Palace, is within the resort. The palace, covering an area of 5.64 million square meters and including 110 buildings with a combined floor space of 100,000 square meters, was where Qing emperors spent their summer days. Work on the palace began in 1703 and was completed in 1792. With a 10-kilometer-long zigzag palace wall, the resort is the largest intact imperial garden and palace in China. It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1994.
The Summer Resort has a simple and elegant layout. It was built by the natural mountains and rivers and copying the landscape from southern Jiangsu Province and outside of the Shanhaiguan. The palaces in this large-scale imperial garden were built in a style of quadruple courtyards, with blue bricks and tiles.
There are two parts to the summer resort-the palace itself and a scenic area. The palace was where the emperor lived, handled state affairs and held celebrations or ceremonies. It is made up of the Front Palace(1), the Pine Crane Temple(2), the Pine-Soughing Valleys(3) and the East Palace(4). The scenic area includes a Lake District, a District of Plains and a Mountainous District. The Lake District reflects the landscape of the fish-and-rice villages in southern Jiangsu Province. The Rehe Springs are located in the northeast corner. The western part of the Plain District illustrates a grassland scene from Inner Mongolia while in the eastern part there are ancient trees like the forests of Greater Xingan Mountain. The densely forested mountainous area is on an undulating landscape.
To the northeast of the Summer Resort is a monumental temple complex composed of eight outer temples which were built from 1713to 1789. The temples are Furen Temple(5), Pule Temple(6), Anyuan Tempel(7), Puning Temple(8), Xumi Fushou Temple(9), Putuo Zongcheng Temple(10) and Shuxiang Temple(11). They were built in Han palace style and drew on the architectural styles of ethnic groups such as Mongolian, Tibetan and Ugyur.
The Pule, Puning and Xumi Fushou temples are the main structures of the complex. The Hall of Brightness in the Pule Temple which has a double-eave and doom roof is similar to the Hall of Prayer for Bountiful Harvests at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. In the Hall of the Bodhisattva of the Puning Temple there is a 22.23-meter-high Bodhisattva which has 1,000 armsand 1,000 eyes. The statue weighs 110 tonsandis
Putuo Zongcheng Temple，the highest and largest wood statue in the world.， was modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa and is famous as Lesser Potala.
Great Wall Travel（Mutianyu ）
Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Area is situated in Huairou District of Beijing. It has a longer history and is bestowed with brilliant cultures. In according to historic record, Mutianyu Great Wall was supervised and built up by a subordinate general to Zhu Yuanzhang, Xu Da based on the relic of the Great Wall in Northern Qi . In 1987, Mutianyu Great Wall was appraised as one of the 16 scenic spots in new Beijing and in 1992, it was appraised as the World Best of Beijing Tourism. In 2002, it was appraised as 4A grade scenic area and is the essence of Great Wall.
The architecture of Mutianyu Great Wall is of special style. It has closely packed enemy towers and [perilous passes. It was built up with battlements on both side of walls. Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Area is surrounded with mountains and is of beautiful scenery. It enjoys a reputation of “Mutianyu surpassing others of Great Wall” and is the best scenic spot.
Mutianyu Travel Area, with its beautiful scenery, superior service and grand Great Wall, welcomes your presence.