The city of Chengde is located
in northeast Hebei Province .It is 225kilometers from Beijing,and
has an area of 39,548 square kilometers, with a population
of 3.45 million.
Chengde is a famous tourist City in China.
It is located on the transitional zone from the inner Mongolia
Plateau to the North Plain, with forested mountains and
valleys and numerous fantastic stone formations on the surrounding
mountains, of which the most striking are Mt.Luohan (arhat)
and Sledge Hammer Peak.In 1985,the city was listed as one
of China’s Top Ten scenic Spots.
Chengde is one of the ancient cultural
cities in China. It embraces the Mountain Resort, the largest
and the bestpreserved imperial garden existing today in
China. It took almost 90 years to complete the Mountain
Resort during the reigns of three emperors of the Qing Dynasty.
The resort is a perfect combination of the architectural
and gardening arts of north and south China.
Outside the enclosure of the Mountain Resort,
there is a semi-circle of 12 imposing temples (only seven
in existence today) of various styles, which reflect artistic
characteristic of the Han, Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan
nationalities .They are taken as a treasure house of Buddhist
arts.In 1994,the Mountain Resort and its surrounding temples
were designated as a world Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
As one of the first group of best tourist
cities listed by the State, chengde has seen a rapid development
in tourism with excellent facilities for accommodation,
shopping,and recreation,and convenient transportation with
the Beijing chengde Railway passing by.
The beautiful landscape, the magnificent
imperial garden, and temples of various styles in Chengde
attract more and more visitors.