What to see in Chengde, things to do 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.

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:

Chengde tour
Chengde One Day Tour
Chengde 2 Day Private Tour Package with hotel
Chengde Car Rental with Driver

Beijing Chengde One Day Tour By High Speed Train
Beijing Chengde 2 Day Tour by Train
Beijing Chengde 2 Day Tour By Car or Van
Beijing Chengde One Day Tour by car or van

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Chengde
Top 10 Attractions in Chengde
How to Visit Chengde in One Day
Chengde Outdoor Winter Activities
Best Travel Options Between Beijing and Chengde
Chengde Taxi: Chengde Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

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