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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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Many of Chengde's plentiful accommodations offer a traditional touch, housed in old-fashioned buildings that remain in keeping with the city's historical aesthetic. Most of these options cluster near the river, between Sengguanfeng Scenic Area and the district of Shuangqiao. Aside from traditional accommodations, you can also find many business-focused hotels, which offer comfort and appropriate amenities, but lack character. Look to the north, near the city's lakes, for the most sought-after options.
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  • 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 »
  • This is a must-see, as much because the place is nice to walk in, must the building is charismatic. Under (badly needed) renovation when we went there, it will be definitively something that will be i...  more »
  • There wasn't much to see in Chengde, but I think this is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. Even though the architecture might be considered just a copy of Tibetan buildings and the temples ...  more »