Pǔlè Temple

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Pǔlè Temple information

Location
Chéngdé , China
Address
Pule Lu; 普乐路
Prices
¥50
Opening hours
8am-5pm Apr-Oct, 8.30am-4.30pm Nov-Mar
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This peaceful temple was built in 1776 for the visits of minority envoys from the west (Kazakhs and Uighurs among them). At the rear of the temple is the unusual Round Pavilion, modelled on the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at Běijīng’s Temple of Heaven Park. Inside is an enormous wooden mandala – a geometric representation of the Buddhist universe.

Admission also includes entry to Hammer Rock (磬锤峰; Qìngchuí Fēng) and Ānyuǎn Temple . It’s a 60-minute walk to the club-shaped rock, which is visible for miles around and said to resemble a kind of musical hammer. It's a pleasant hike offering commanding views of the area. If you don't fancy walking, take the chairlift instead.

Bus 10 (¥1), from in front of Mountain Villa Hotel , will take you close to the chairlift for Hammer Rock, where you buy the entrance ticket for all three sites.