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Mountain Resort of Chengde

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Chengde, China.

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Built over the first 90 years of the 18th Century as a place for the royal family to spend hot summers, the Rehe Temporary Palace north of Chengde is graceful in it’s simplicity and contrast to the ostentation of the Forbidden City, the Imperial family's regular home. The scenery of clear lakes and forests and good climate add to the non-fussy pleasure of the palace complex which is cleverly situated to take advantage of a curtain of mountains which rise behind it creating more lovely views and protecting it from bad weather.

Four main palaces cover the 100,000 square metres of the resort, but one was badly damaged by fire in 1945 and hasn’t been replaced. The world’s largest surviving imperial gardens spread out over the grass plains and the lakes. The designers carefully designated 77 scenic spots from which to enjoy the best views and altered the scenery accordingly adding pagodas, temples, mini forests or expanding lakes to perfect each view.

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Chengde

Not a resort in the modern sense, this 18th century World Heritage site was the home of royalty in the Qing Dynasty. It is a massive complex comprised of a number of palaces and temples, eight lakes, a series of mountains and valleys, and the biggest royal gardens in all of China. A large grassy area is suitable for riding horses if you’re not too knackered from touring the rest of the large ‘resort’.

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