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April - October: 7am - 6pm
November - March: 8am - 5.30pm
Entrance Ticket Prices
April - October: 145 yuan
November - March: 90 yuan
The Chengde Mountain Resort is located just north of the city center of Chengde in Hebei province. The resort is also known under a variety of other names such as Chengde Summer Palace, Chengde Summer Villa, Rehe Temporary Palace or Rehe Imperial Palace. Chinese people generally refer to it as Bishu Shanzhuang or Ligong (Li Palace). As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a must-see attraction for travelers that are interested in Chinese culture and history. Construction of the Chengde Mountain Resort took about 90 years from AD 1703 to 1792 during the time of the Qing Dynasty. It occupies a huge area of about 564 square kilometers and was built as a summer hangout for the Qing imperial family away from Beijing's blistering summer heat. Chengde's pleasant climate and appealing natural scenery made it an ideal spot for this purpose. Numerous palatial structures are dispersed throughout the resort that also includes the largest imperial garden in China.
Buildings in the palace area of the Chengde Summer VillaThe resort area is divided into four parts: a Palace Area, Lake Area, Plain Area and Mountain Area. The Palace Area is where the Qing imperial family lived and where the emperors handled their political affairs during their summers in Chengde. It covers a surface of about 100,000 square meters in the southern part of the Chengde Mountain Resort. The four main palatial complexes in the Palace Area are the Main Palace, the Pine-Crane Hall, the East Palace and the Pine Soughing Valley. The Main Palace is nowadays used as the Mountain Resort Museum. During the reign of the Qing emperors, it had been used as a place for important ceremonies and events. The Pine-crane Hall had been built by the Qianlong Emperor for his empress-mother. Of the former East Palace, only the groundwork remains visible since a fire devastated this compound in 1945. The Pine Soughing Valley had been used as the Qing Emperors' political office and reading room.
Pavilions in the Lake Area of the Chengde Summer PalaceThe Lake Area to the north of the Palace Area is made up of eight lakes which are named Cheng Lake, Mirror Lake, Ruyi Lake, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Silver Lake, Half-moon Lake and Inner Lake. The lakes are dotted with islands and islets and some are interconnected.
Further north of the Lake Area you will come to the Plain Area. This area is quite vast and covered with thick grass and old trees. Adventurous visitors could rent a horse here to ride over the grassland in the western part of it. A garden area with many trees is located in the eastern part and a group of temples occupy the northern part of the Plain Area.
The largest area of the Chengde Summer Palace is the Mountain Area. It makes up about eighty percent of the total resort surface in its northwestern part. Four valleys named Filbert Valley, Pine Valley, Pear Valley and Pine-cloud Valley cut through this terrain from north to south. You will see deer roaming around here (the emperor's former hunting grounds) that are not shy about coming in contact with humans! Interspersed among the mountain slopes and valleys are various pavilions, temples and other buildings.
After you have visited the Chengde Mountain Resort, better stay in Chengde for at least another day to check out the Outlying Temples which are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list as well. These are twelve Buddhist temples of different architectural styles that were built in succession between AD 1713 and 1780. You can see both the Outlying Temples and the vast territory of the Chengde Mountain Resort in this highly-detailed map of Chengde!view of the Golden Mountain at the Chengde Mountain Resort
How to get to the Chengde Mountain Resort?
|Address:||Chengde Mountain Resort, Shuangqiao district, Chengde, Hebei province, China|
|Tel.Nr.:||+86 314 202 9771|
|Air:||Chengde Puning Airport (CDE)|
|Train:||Chengde Railway Station or Chengde South Railway Station, Chengde East Railway Station|
|Bus:||Bishu Shanzhuang Station (bus lines: 1, 5, 6, 11, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30, 228);
bus lines 5, 15, 29 from the Chengde Railway Station
Recommended Hotel near the Chengde Summer Palace
The hotel that is introduced in detail below is located right next to the Chengde Summer Palace. The provided information was thoroughly researched from various hotel booking websites. Chinese History Digest is not responsible if any information regarding the provided services and amenities might have changed.
Even though the Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort is officially 'only' a 3-star hotel, it is widely regarded as the best hotel in Chengde. It can look back upon quite a distinguished history during which it was frequently visited by foreign heads of state as well as Chinese party leaders. Already having been rebuilt in 1984, the Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort was completely renovated in 2011/12. Furthermore, the hotel's location can only be described as perfect since both the entrance of the Chengde Summer Palace and Chengde's city center are only a few minutes' walk away. The hotel offers free parking to its guests and can arrange transportation to and from the airport (for an extra fee). It is possible to book airport transfer in advance by making such a request along with the initial hotel booking.
All rooms of the Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort are both air-conditioned and heated (since Chengde can be chilly in winter) and internet access through Wi-Fi is free. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available upon request and the hotel also has suites and family rooms. Each room has a refrigerator, a minibar and a safe and free bottled water and instant coffee are provided. Laundry service (including dry cleaning) and luggage storage are available. The hotel features five restaurants, a bar and a coffee shop and buffet breakfast is commonly included in the room rate (additional charge of 50 yuan if not included). If you ever dreamt of feasting like China's emperors did in the historic past, you will be delighted to know that one of the on-site restaurants specializes in Qing dynasty royal cuisine. For relaxation, many guests who stayed at the Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort before were charmed by the hotel's garden with its artificial stone mountain, old pine trees and beautiful flower landscaping.
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