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How to visit Chengde in One Day

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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Planning your Chengde Tour ? As one of famous tourist destinations in China, Chengde is endowed with a large number of fantastic sceneries. If you have only one full day in Chengde and you would like to feel, touch and see the essential Chengde, the one-day itinerary in Chengde below is my suggested example to plan your own memorable Chengde One Day Tour.

Tour Destinations: Chengde Summer Resort, Putuo Zongcheng Temple, Puning Temple, Pule Temple

Chengde Summer Resort
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and board a local bus tour to Chengde Summer Resort. The Mountain Resort and Eight Outer Temples have been listed as the world cultural heritage sites by UNESCO. It is the must see attraction in Chengde.

Chengde Summer Resort is the largest existing imperial garden and also one of the top 10 scenic spots in China. Boasting the beauty of scenery in both north and south China, it covers an area of 5.64 million square meters, almost half of the urban area, twice that of the Summer Palace, and eight times that of Beihai Park in Beijing.

This attraction is a vast complex of palaces and administrative constructions. It will take you around three hours in the summer resort.

Putuo Zongcheng Temple
After lunch, it is time for you to visit the outer temples around the Summer Resort. Since the time is limited, you can choose some famous temples to visit. Many travelers choose the Puotuo Zongcheng Temple as the alternate to the Polata Palace in Tibet, given the exact resemblance between the two. It is the largest temple of the Eight Outer Temples in Chengde City.

The Putuo Zongcheng temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square meters. It stands in the north of the Chengde Mountain Resort in Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier. Hence the Putuo Zongcheng has been nicknamed the “Little Potala Palace”.

Puning Temple
After visiting Putuo Zongcheng Temple, you can visit Puning Temple. The Puning Temple, or Temple of Universal Peace of Chengde is a Qing Dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built in 1755. As one of the eight outer temples in Chengde, Puning Temple is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort.

The front temple was constructed in the Chinese style, although the temple complex follows both Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The Puning Temple also houses the world’s tallest wooden sculpture of the Bodhisattva Avalokite? vara (22.28-meter-high and 110-ton), hence the Puning Temple is often nicknamed the “Big Buddha Temple”.

Pule Temple
Getting out from Puning Temple, you can walk to Pule Temple directly. Pule Temple is also one of the best known temples of the outer temples.

The Pule Temple is located on a hillock 1 km to the east of the Wulie River in the east of Mountain Resort of Chengde. Emperor Qianlong built the temple in 1766. The temple is made up of the front hall, side halls and the massacre city.

After visiting Pule temple, it is time to have supper. At night, you can watch some performances in Chengde Theatres or eat the local delicious food in the night markets. It’s all up to you.

Enjoy your one-day Tour in Chengde!

Tip:  Hassle-free Chengde Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Chengde:

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Chengde
Top 10 Attractions in Chengde
How to Visit Chengde in One Day
Chengde Outdoor Winter Activities

Any questions, just drop a line.

What to see in Chengde, things to do in Chengde

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Punning Temple in Chengde

Plan your Chengde Tour? Being close to Beijing, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) away, Chengde gained its prominence during the Qing Dynasty when the emperors built a palace where they spend their summer months when the heat in Beijing became unbearable. As one of the first famous historic and cultural cities of the nation, Chengde has plenty of sceneries.
Features & Attractions
Chengde Summer Resort
•Eight Outer Temple
•Saihanba National Forest Park
Puning Temple
Mulan Weichang in Chengde
•Fengning Grassland
Chengde Mountain Resort
The Mountain Resort in Chengde used to be a summer resort and hunting ground for emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is one of the four most famous Chinese gardens and one of the largest and best-preserved imperial palaces outside Beijing. It covers an area of 564 square meters, almost half of Chengde’s urban area.
It is enclosed by a wall 10,400 meters long. There are more than 100 buildings within the resort, which is divided into two sections: palace zone and garden zone. The summer resort and the surrounding temples were placed on the world cultural heritage list in 1994.
Ticket Price: 120Yuan (1st Mar. –30th Nov. ), 100Yuan (1st Dec. –28th Feb.)
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30
How to get there: Bus No.5, 7, 11, or 15 from Chengde Railway Station to the Mountain Resort, or take a taxi at a cost within CNY10 from anywhere of the downtown area of Chengde.
Eight Outer Temple
The Eight Outer Temples in Chengde actually refers to the historically existing 12 temples— the Boren Temple, Boshan Temple, Puning Temple, An’yuan Temple, Pule Temple, Puyou Temple, Putuozongcheng Temple, Guang’an Temple, Suxiang Temple, Luohan Hall (luohan, arahat in buddhist term), the temple for praying happiness and longevity and Kuixing Attic, but only 7 them are well preserved.
They are outside the palace walls of the Mountain Resort, to the north and west. Together with the Mountain Resort of Chengde, the Eight Outer Temples was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Ticket Price: range from 0 to CNY 80
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there:
Bus No. 5 (which can be boarded either at Chengde Railway Station or at the Commuter Bus Hub Station) to the Mountain Resort of Chengde, then transfer to Bus No. 6 to the Eight Outer Temples.
Saihanba National Forest Park
With an average altitude of 1,400 meters, Saihanba national forest Park as a part of Mulan Paddock is an ideal place for touring, hunting and retreat from the hot summer days. It is located 200km northeast of Chengde. In this forest park with an area of 410,000 square kilometers, you will enjoy the vast expanse of grassland, the crystal-clear plateau lake as well as the historic interests left in the Qing Dynasty.
This park is blessed with boundless grasslands and large forest. The eco-system is well preserved here, thus you can enjoy the most charming natural landscape in the park.
Ticket Price: 75Yuan
Opening Hours: 24 hours
How to get there:
After get off at Siheyong Station, take the minibus to Weichang County (or directly rent a car), then take the regular bus to the Saihanba National Forest Park at County Bus Station.
Puning Temple
The Puning Temple is one of the famous Eight Outer Temples in Chengde City. The Puning Temple is of grand scale, occupying an area of more than 23,000 square meters. The temple is also called Big Buddha Temple because of the big Buddha in it.
statue, 21.85 meters in height and 110 tons in weight, is carved out of wood and plated with gold. It sits on a locus throne of 2.22 meters high. The statue has 42 hands, two of which clamp together and the rest with different musical instruments in them. The statue, with its dignified manner, is one of the famous large-scale wood-carved Buddha statues in China.
Ticket Price: 50Yuan in peak season, 40Yuan in low season.
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there:
Take Bus No.6 to the Puning Temple, or take a taxi at a cost within CNY10 from the downtown area of Chengde.
Mulan Hunting Paddock
Mulan Hunting Paddock, which was built in the 20th year of Emperor Kangxi’s region (1681), is a rare natural grassland resort in Hebei Province covering an area of 2,324 square kilometers. It is about 200km northeast of Chengde.
Mulan Paddock is covered with 1,658kms grassland. It has majestic mountains, gorgeous scenery and delightful weather. It boasts plenty of water, lush grass, flock of birds and packs of animals, an ideal place for hunting. The period from June through September is the best time to visit
Ticket Price: 110Yuan
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
How to get there:
From Chengde, catch a bus at Dehui Gate head for Paddock County; or catch a train, get off at the Siheyong Station; or rent a taxi.
Fengning Grassland
Fengning Grassland, also called Fengning Bashang Grassland is a nearest natural rich grasslands next to the capital Beijing, some 280km away. That’s why it called No.1 grassland in northern Beijing. It is a great summer holiday resort for for escaping the hot summer sun.
The grassland is situated above the dam on a vast plateau covered with green grasses and wild flowers, Flocks and herds are everywhere where many of the colorful locals can be seen tending their stock in the fields.
Ticket Price: Free of charge
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there:
Take long-distance bus at Sanyuan Bridge in Beijing; or rent a car to Fengning Grassland.
Chengde 2 Day Private Tour Package with hotel   from US$ 150 p/p
Beijing Chengde 2 Day Tour by Train   from US$ 188 p/p
Beijing Chengde 2 Day Tour By Car or Van   from US$ 210 p/p
Beijing Chengde One Day Tour by car or van   from US$ 110 p/p
Beijing Mulan Weichang Grassland 3 Days Tour   from US$ 320 p/p

When is the best time to visit Chengde?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
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Plan your Chengde Tour? one of the frequently asked questions is “When is the best time to visit Chengde?” Chengde, with the fame of “summer resort”, lies in the northeast of Hebei Province. It is close to Beijing.

As one of famous tourist destinations in China, Chengde is suitable for traveling in April to October, while you can experience different unique charms in different seasons.

Little Potala Palace

Little Potala Palace

Chengde belongs to the continental climate. Chengde has distinct four seasons and the temperature is distinct especially between day and night.

The rainy season is summer. Use this travel guide to help you make a smart decision about when to visit Chengde. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Chengde Summer Resort

Chengde Summer Resort

Chengde in Spring
Spring in Chengde
 is warm and dry with little rain or snow. Dust storms sometimes blow in from the Mongolian steppe in spring. April to May is the best months for spring outing.

Chengde in Summer
Summer is the peak seasons for visitors to go to Chengde
. Summer is hot and humid. But it is much cool than Beijing, due to the high altitude of at least 1000 metres.

Annual rainfall averages nearly 700 millimetres, most of it comes in July and August. Chengde Mountain Resort is a one of the most popular destination when go on a summer travel in China.

You are kindly advised to skip over China School Vacation in July and Auguest when you plan your Chengde Tours. There are many people who go to Chengde on summer to see Chengde Mountain Resort and its Eight Outer Temples.

Chengde in Autumn
Autumn is also a nice season for traveling to Chengde
. Autumn in Chengde is cool with bright and clear sky. Nights in autumn are crisp and chilly, take a coat with you is necessary.

The beginning of September to the beginning of October is regarded as the most suitable time for visiting Mulan Paddock and appreciating the spectacular scenery in late autumn. With a mountain of red maple leaves, everything in the mountain has been dyed.

Chengde in Winter
Winter in Chengde
is cold and dry, due to the Siberian air masses that move southward across the Mongolian Plateau. Winter is the best time to enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery.

Tip:  Hassle-free Chengde Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Chengde:

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Chengde
Top 10 Attractions in Chengde
How to Visit Chengde in One Day
Chengde Outdoor Winter Activities

Any questions, just drop a line.