Chengde

Chengde was the summer residence of the early Qing Dynasty emperors. The city still maintains the fine features of this hill-side resort, such as the outer wall and large expanse of parkland that incorporates lakes, pagodas, and palaces. Outside this complex are the impressive Eight Outer Temples. The resort, along with the Outer Temples, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The city is located approximately 260km northeast of Beijing and currently has a population of around 700,000.

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Chengde Mountain Resort (or Bishu Shanzhuang in Chinese Pinyin), a summer getaway for the Qing emperor and his court that grew to be larger than the Forbidden City and Summer Palace combined. The selection of Chengde for the emperor's summer home also led over time to the establishment of an impressive series of temples.

Saihanba National Forest Park was a famous royal hunting ground in the Qing Dynasty. This park lies in the north of Chengde, Hebei Province. 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.

The best time to visit this park is at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn when leaves of trees begin to turn different colors. Moreover, there’re usually annoying insects and mosquitoes during summer days, thus we strongly advise you to bring proper protection items. In addition, the weather is changeable here, so warm clothes are also necessities.