Main Palace

The Main Palace of the Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng (避暑山庄; Imperial Summer Resort) consists of a series of nine courtyards and five elegant, unpainted halls, with a rusticity complemented by towering pine trees. The wings in each courtyard have various exhibitions (porcelain, clothing, weaponry), and most of the halls are decked out in period furnishings.

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1. Lizheng Gate

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The main entrance to the imperial summer resort of Bishu Shanzhuang (避暑山庄; Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng). Entry tickets are sold at this gate only.

2. Guandi Temple

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The heavily restored Guandi Temple was first built during the reign of Yongzheng, in 1732. For years the temple housed residents but is again home to a…

3. Misty Rain Tower

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The double-storey Misty Rain Tower, on the northwestern side of the main lake at the summer resort of Bishu Shanzhuang (避暑山庄; Imperial Villa), served as…

4. Wenjin Pavilion

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Built in 1773, this pavilion sits in the grounds of the imperial summer resort of Bishu Shanzhuang (避暑山庄; Imperial Villa).

5. Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng

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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…

6. Yongyousi Pagoda

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This wonderfully elegant 250-year-old pagoda soars above the fragments of its vanished temple in the northeast of the imperial summer resort of Bishu…

7. Pushan Temple

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Built in 1713, this temple was destroyed in the 1920s. Only some ruins and old trees remain.

8. Puren Temple

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Built in 1713, this is the earliest temple in Chengde, but is not open to the public.