Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chéngdé

Pǔníng Temple

With its squeaking prayer wheels and devotional intonations of its monks, this is Chéngdé’s only active temple. It was built in 1755 in anticipation of Qianlong’s victory over the western Mongol tribes in Xīnjiāng. …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Zhèngdìng

Lóngxīng Temple

Considering its age – almost 1500 years old – we think this is one of the most impressive temples in northern China. It's certainly Zhèngdìng’s star attraction. Popularly known as Dàfó Temple (大佛寺; Dàfó Sì), or ‘Gre…
Top Choice Historic Site in Chéngdé

Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng

The imperial summer resort is composed of a main palace complex with vast, parklike gardens, all enclosed by a handsome 10km-long wall. The entrance price is steep (as it is with all the main sights here in Chéngdé)…
Top Choice Walls in Shānhǎiguān

Jiǎo Shān Great Wall

Although a heavily restored section of the Great Wall, Jiǎo Shān nevertheless offers an excellent opportunity to hike up the Wall’s first high peak – a telling vantage point over the narrow tongue of land below and …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chéngdé

Pǔtuózōngchéng Temple

Chéngdé’s largest temple is a not-so-small replica of Lhasa’s Potala Palace and houses the nebulous presence of Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin). A marvellous sight on a clear day, the temple’s red walls stand out against …
Walls in Shānhǎiguān

Jiǔménkǒu Great Wall

In a mountain valley 15km north of Shānhǎiguān stretches the only section of the Great Wall ever built over water. Normally the Wall stopped at rivers, as they were considered natural defence barriers on their own. …
Bridge in Shíjiāzhuāng

Zhàozhōu Bridge

China’s oldest bridge still standing, the Zhàozhōu Bridge has spanned the Jiǎo River (Jiǎo Hé) for 1400 years. As the world’s first segmental arch bridge (ie its arch is a segment of a circle, as opposed to a comple…
Buddhist Temple in Chéngdé

Pǔlè Temple

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 Go…
Buddhist Temple in Zhèngdìng

Kāiyuán Temple

This temple originally dates from AD 540 but was destroyed in 1966, the first year of the Cultural Revolution. Little remains apart from a bell tower and the dirt-brown Xūmí Pagoda (须弥塔; Xūmí Tǎ), a well-preserved, …
Museum in Shíjiāzhuāng

Héběi Provincial Museum

Wandering the cavernous halls of the provincial museum will take you deep into the multilayered realms of Chinese history, with most exhibits focusing on archaeological excavations that date as far back as the Shang…