The Chengde Royal Summer Resort is located in Chengde City, Hebei Province, about 200km northeast of Beijing. It was once the Summer residence of the Emperors of the Qing Dynasty in China. The Summer resort covers an area of 5.64 million square meters and is one of the largest existing royal palace complexes in China. It was founded in 1703 and completed 89 years later.
The palaces area and lakes area are within the confines of the mini ‘Great Wall’ of the Summer resort. The royal library of Wenjin Pavilion, Yongyou Temple, and many varieties of palatial buildings are prominent attractions for millions of visitors each year.
There are magnificent temple complexes in the foothills to the east and north of the Summer resort. The mini Budala temple is a smaller scale replica of the real Budala temple in Lhasa, Tibet.
The Chengde Summer resort incorporated the styles of southern Chinese water gardens as well as northern Chinese structural and engineering practices, making it spectacular and poetic at the same time.