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The project of building the Chengde Mountain Resort started in 1703 and finished in 1790. The whole mountain resort covers an area of 5,640,000 square meters and is the largest royal garden in China. The wall of the mountain resort is over 10,000 meters in length. In summers, emperors of Qing Dynasty came to the mountain resort to relax themselves and escape from the high temperature in Beijing.

The whole Resort can be divided into four areas: these are the palace area, lakes area, plains area and mountain area. The Palace Area lies in the south part of the Mountain Resort and is a concentration of palaces where the Qing emperors handled the political affairs and where the royal families lived. It covers an area of 100,000 sq meters (25 acres), consisting of four main complexes: the Main Palace, the Pine-Crane Hall, the East Palace and the Pine Soughing Valley. The lakes area, which includes 8 lakes, covers an area of 496,000 square meters. The plains area covers an area of 607,000 square meters. The emperors held horse races and hunted in the area. The largest area of the four is the mountain area. It covers an area of 4,435,000 square meters. Hundreds of palaces and temples were built on the hills in this area.

Open: 7am-5pm. Admission: RMB90.

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  • Written Aug 29, 2009
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