Mountain Resort

Chengde Mountain Resort and Summer Palace is the largest surviving royal garden in China, occupying an area of 564,000 square meters, even bigger than the Summer Palace in Beijing. By the end of the 17th century the Qing emperors had established their capital at Beijing, and they began to look around for somewhere cool and green to retreat to when the dusty heat of summer set in. They found what they were looking for at Chengde, beyond the Great Wall. The well-established majesty of their empire is embodied in the elaborate layout of the Chengde Summer Palace, which consists of zones representing China's multi-featured landscapes. From the affluent rice plain terrain south of the Yangtze River to the mountainous and bleak areas in Northwest China, the palace presents a territorial sweep of the Chinese empire.      

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