Eight Outer Temples in The Bishu Villa, Chengde

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Part of a World Heritage-listed complex of palaces and temples, Eight Outer Temples in The Bishu Villa show off various stylistic traditions. Constructed over 89 years beginning in the 18th century, the 611 hectare (1,520 acre) site is the largest imperial palace, garden, and temple complex still in existence in the country. Exploring the one-time royal getaway, you'll see some of the finest Chinese palace architecture, gardening art, and religious architecture the country has to offer, including a 70 m (230 ft) stone pagoda adorned with colorful glazed tiles. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks while exploring this vast site. Use our Chengde vacation generator to arrange your visit to Eight Outer Temples in The Bishu Villa and other attractions in Chengde.
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  • August 16, 2016
    Beautiful vista from out, wonderful panorama can be admired once climbed to the top (part of the wall and the other temples outside), pity that the interiors have been completely emptied! Coming from other Asian countries and expecting much more. Note all decorated ceilings, always in style "forbidden city", I don't know how they were originally, but I can confirm that today it is "wallpaper" obvious (because in some parts it is attached correctly). Shame about the carelessness. However is the most representative of the city Temple, then a must if you are in Chengde.
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  • April 30, 2016
    You are transported to Tibet with a visit to this temple. A lot of walk , so avoid entering in case you have problems walking. However, that doesn't stop you from a photo shoot from outside.  more »
  • April 19, 2016
    If you go through Chengde, this temple is a must-see. In Tibetan style, this temple is a must. Count 11 Yuan from the Center for a taxi. Only downside, the entrance is expensive (as for all the sites in Chengde), but the beauty of the site you will forget.
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