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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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  • 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. The temple was modeled...  more »
  • Wear good shoes and maybe bring a flashlight. Some of the walking here and the other temple including in admission is a little sketchy. Many of the rooms and staircases have little to no light so it'd...  more »
  • A fun ice to explore. Big enough to wander a bit but not so big you get lost. Admission gets you into Xumi Temple just outside the exit also. Wait to take pictures until you get to the top. 
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  • 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!
  • This temple was built in the style of the Temple in Lhasa and great can be photographed from the protective walls of the summer palace. Very nice to visit.
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  • A little-known temple... saw the number of view :)!
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