Potala Palace (Putuo Zongcheng Temple), Chengde

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The Putuo Zongcheng Temple of Chengde, Hebei province, China is a Qing dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng. Along with the equally famed Puning Temple, it is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier. Since it was modeled after the Potala palace, the temple represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000m2, making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site.HistoryThe Putuo Zongcheng Temple is part of the "Eight Outer Temples" located in Chengde, which are part of the World Heritage List along with the Chengde Mountain Resort. These temples were administered by the Lifan Yuan, an administrative department for the affairs of ethnic minorities such as the Mongolians and Tibetans, hence the different combinations of architectural style which could be seen throughout these Eight Outer Temples in Chengde.
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  • June 17, 2017
    The visit of the "Small Potala" is really a "must-do" in Chengde. The resort is beautiful with a lot of explanation, the view on the top is beautiful. Unfortunately, there are some "but's". The Potala...  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    In addition to the fact that this temple is a resumption of the Potala, it remains a splendid example of constriction, do not hesitate browse all the corridor and a cross all the doors a wonder awaits you on the other side, step onto the top of the building to embrace the region with a simple glance .the Golden roofs sparkle under the Sun accenting again the side magical place. Take the time to visit, you will not regret!
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  • May 20, 2017
    We were there relatively early, when the entire system was still relatively empty and usually not full of crowds as usual in China. A very clean, impressive plant. We have bought a prayer flag for our daughter and let fly. For us of course, a very moving and touching moment. But even without this sad background visit the magnificent temple complex is highly recommended.
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  • April 11, 2017
    The Putuo Zongcheng monastery was built by Emperor Qianlong to accomodate visits by the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Be prepared to climb many stairs to see great views and to see fascinating views of the interior.
  • November 30, 2016
    We have visited the Mountain Resort, Putuo Zongcheng (Potala Palace) Temple and Puning Si Temple in Chengde and for me this one was the best of all. The temple is large, complex and very pleasant. While climbing to the top it always seems like there is already an end coming, but then you discover a new building, room, place or staircase leading further up and find something new and unexpected on the way. Really recommended!
  • February 9, 2017
    Supposed to be designed like the Potala in Tibet. Very steep steps
  • April 13, 2017
    Great architecture to admire
  • February 15, 2017
    Absolutely Stunning!

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