Mountain Resort of Chengde (Bishu Shanzhuang)
|The Mountain Resort of Chengde |
The Mountain Resort of Chengde is divided into four parts: the Palace Area, Lake Area, Plain Area and Mountain Area. The Palace Area lies in the south part of the resort and is a concentration of palaces where the Qing emperors handled the political affairs and where the royal families lived. It covers an area of 100,000 sq meters (25 acres), consisting of four main complexes: the Main Palace, the Pine-Crane Hall, the East Palace and the Pine Soughing Valley. The Main Palace was the place where important ceremonies and events were observed but today it is used as the Mountain Resort Museum. The Pine-crane Hall was the residence built by Emperor Qianlong for his mother-the empress while the East Palace was damaged in a fire in 1945 with only the groundwork still visible today. The Pine Soughing Valley was the reading room of the emperors and the office where the emperors handled the political mandates.
The Plain Area is located at the foot of the mountain, north of the Lake Area. The plain is a vast area, and is covered with thick grass and trees. The plain area is broken into three areas: a garden populated by various trees in the east, a vast grassland for riding horses in the west and a group of temples in the north. Riding a horse over this broad plain leaves visitors feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Take Bus No.Te 1, 5, 6, 11, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30 or 228, and get off at Mountain Resort (Bi Shu Shan Zhuang) Station. Or take a taxi at a cost within CNY20 from anywhere of the city downtown area. Local taxis are not metered.
By electric automobiles (fare: CNY40 per person)
By electric automobiles round the lake (fare: CNY50 per person)
|Admission Fee:||April 1 to October 31: CNY 145 |
November 1 to next March 31: CNY 90
|Opening Hours:||April 1 to October 31: 07:00 - 18:00 |
November 1 to next March 31: 08:00 - 17:30