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Chengde Tourist Site - Chengde Tour

Puning means universal peace, in 1755, the army of the Qing Dynasty suppressed a rebellion from Inner Mongolia, in honor of this victory, the Emperor Qianlong ordered to build this Lama Temple, and named as Puning Temple to show the respect to the ethnic minorities, and wish the country be peaceful and harmonious.
The Puning Temple was modeled after the Samye Monastery in Tibet, during the Qing dynasty, Puning Temple held temple affairs regularly, even today, there are still many monks, and Puning Temple is still the largest Buddhist ceremony site in the north of China.
Punning Temple is also called the Big Buddha Temple, because of the huge wooden Buddhist statue inside. This wooden Kwan-yin Bodhisattva statue was carved with the woods of pine, cypress, elm, fir, and linden. The statue is 27.21-meter high with a thousand of arms and a thousand of eyes. It has been recorded in the Guiness Encyclopedia as the largest wooden statue in China. At the same time, the Chengde Mountain Resort and Chengde's Eight Outlying Temples (including the Puning Temple) were established as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1994.
Putuo Zongcheng Monastery covers 22000 square meters, it is the biggest one of Chengde's Eight Outlying Temples. It was built in the 36th year of the Qing Emperor Qianlong (1771) to celebrate his 60th birthday and his mother's 80th birthday.
All the buildings were constructed along the layout of the mountains, the distribution is shifty and natural. The Putuo Zongcheng Monastery is known as the Small Potala Palace, because of the conspicuous character likes the Patala Palace in Lhasa. The big red platform at the top of the mountain is the main body of the building group, where the emperors used to hold great religious rituals.
Xumi Fushou Temple is just beside of the Putuo Zongcheng Monastery, the 6th Panchen Lama trudged from Tibet to celebrate the Emperor Qianlong's 70th birthday, Qianlong ordered people to build this temple as the dwelling palace for Panchen Lama's stay, the temple modeled the Panchen Lama's station Tashihunpo Monastery Tibet.
Nowadays, Putuo Zongcheng Monastery and Xumi Fushou Temple open for travelers with one ticket, and golf cart is available between these two monasteries.
The Mountain Resort was the Summer Palace for emperors in the Qing Dynasty, it is located in Chengde, 200km far from Beijing.
Built between 1703 and 1792, the Mountain Resort took 89 years to complete. As the world's largest existing imperial garden, it covers 5,640,000 square meters, and divided into palace area, lake area, plain area and mountain area.
The palace area is on the south bank of the lake, totally 10,000 square meters, it was the place for emperors to live, hold celebration and deal with affairs of state.
The lake occupies 430,000 square meters, and is divided into smaller places by 8 islands, at the northeast of the lake, there is a spring called Rehe Spring.
Mountain area is the main area, which occupies 4th five of the resort, many pavillions and temples are distributed in the mountains.
Plain area looks like the palin in Inner Mongolia, Ten Thousand Trees Garden, yurts are gorgeous embellishment of the plain.
Jinshanling Great Wall is located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, 125 km northeast of Beijing. It is connected with the Simatai section to the east, and stretches to the west for about 10 kilometers, there are 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers in this section.
Jinshanling Great Wall was built from 1570 during the Ming Dynasty, and was given the name for its perching on the Jinshan Mountain, a branch of Mt Yanshan.
Jinshanling was a strategic vital passage in the past dynasties. Now it is an ideal place for travelers for hiking, photographing and watching sunset.
Mulan Hunting Ground is located in the north of Chengde. It was built in the 20th year of the Emperor Kangxi's reign (1681), and was used to be the imperial hunting ground in the Qing Dynasty, three Qing emperors Kangxi, Qianlong and Jiaqing hunted here every autumn during their reigns.
Qing emperors' autumn hunting was a large-scale hunting activity, they also had military maneuver aimed to exercise the soldiers. Each time the emperor hunted at Mulan Hunting Ground, it was also the time for him to inspecte the north of the country, inside and outside of the Great Wall, with a huge troops with him, that's to strengthen his conciliation policy to the minority nationalities.
In chengde, there is a Chime Hammers Peak National Forest Park, which got its name from the wooden club shape stone on the moutain peak, this stone with 59.42-meter high, looks like a huge thumb. The Kangxi Emperor of Qing Dynasty granted this name "Qing Chui Feng", in English, Chime Hammers Peak. many big trees in the Chime Hammers Peak National Forest Park, one of them is a 300-year old white mulberry, the fruits of this tree are very big and sweet, white mulberry is also good for health.
Chime Hammers Peak is located face to face to the Mountain Resort. Cable car is available to go up to the peak, besides the wooden club shape stone on the mountain, there are stone inscriptions, Baoshan temple.
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