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Chengde (承德; Chéngdé) is a city in Hebei.


Rehe (the former name of Chengde) is home of what was once the summer residence of the early Qing Dynasty emperors. The city still maintains the fine features of this hill-side resort, called 避暑山庄 or Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng, such as the outer wall and large expanse of parkland that incorporates lakes, pagodas, and palaces. Outside this complex are the impressive Eight Outer Temples. The resort, along with the Outer Temples, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The city is located approximately 260km northeast of Beijing. As of 2004, its urban population was at 450,000 with the greater area containing upwards of 3 million people.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There is a small airport in southern Chengde where occasional charter flights shuttle between Beijing and Chengde. Chengde is 180 kilometers away from the Beijing Capital International Airport. To travel by air, visitors can take a coach to Beijing and connect with their flights from there. A coach departs for Beijing every thirty minutes, making it very convenient.

Chengde Puning Airport (CDE) has recently started operations on 31 May 2017. As of 21 July 2017, there are only flights to Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province.

By train[edit]

There are frequent trains between Beijing and Chengde. The fastest one is K7711, leaving Beijing train station (the main one, on metro line No.2) at 8:07AM and arriving in Chengde at 12:29PM. A night train exists as well. Day trains are around 20-40RMB, with soft sleepers around 130RMB. Another option includes the train to Dandong (stopping in Chengde mid-route), which leaves Beijing train station at 12:17PM, arriving at Chengde at 5:21PM. A high-speed rail line is currently under construction between Beijing and Shenyang, stopping in Chengde, and is expected to be complete by 2019/2020.

By bus[edit]

Buses leave frequently (every 20 minutes) for Chengde from Beijing arriving at Chengde's main train station or Chengde East Bus Station (承德东站).The cost is around ¥85. The trip takes 2.5-3.5 hours. If you get on the buss from the Liuliqiao Transportation Junction, you may spend over an hour just to get to Dongzhimen.

By car[edit]

Another option is to find an unofficial taxi (heiche) from Beijing to Chengde. You will share this car with the driver and three other passengers (so that the car is full). It costs about ¥150 and takes 2-2.5 hours. It is easy to find a heiche from Chengde to Beijing (ask in any hotel if you have trouble). The other way may be more difficult, but ask around.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses charge a flat rate of ¥1, but there is no attendant, so have correct change. The buses have no English and little pinyin signage.

Bus 118 goes from Chengde to the temples in the North and bus 119 to the temples in the East.

By taxi[edit]

Most taxis are metered. Short trips cost about ¥6 (plus 1 yuan gas surcharge). Trips from one side of the city to the other are upwards of ¥20, and trips out to the temples should cost at least ¥25 from the city center.

By foot or bike[edit]

Much of Chengde is accessible by foot or bike. One can walk from one end of the city to the other in an hour.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Summer Mountain Resort (Bishu Shanzhuang 避暑山庄), (Take Bus 15 from the Train Station to the Summer Mountain Resort stop (Bishu Shanzhuang Zhan 避暑山庄站), around 20 minutes). This huge summer resort was used by emperors to escape the summer heat. Includes a museum containing articles used by emperors. The peak time to visit is in the summer (May-September), mirroring its original intent (its name in Chinese meaning 'escape the [Beijing] heat mountain resort'). However, visiting in the winter after a snowfall is beautiful as well (and significantly cheaper), though some of the forest paths are closed during this time. During other times of year, the landscape is somewhat dreary, and doesn't make up for the construction going on during the off season. Note: Drinks and food are extremely expensive inside (e.g. 5RMB for a 1RMB bottle of water). It is a long walk around the park. Covering the main spots would take 4-5 hours of leisurely strolling, Walking around the entire park would take the whole day. An alternative is to use the bus service inside the park, ticket costs 50RMB. ¥160 April-October / 90 November-March.  edit
  • Putuozongcheng Temple (小布达拉; Xiao Budala), (Take Bus 6 from outside the Summer Mountain Resort, get off at Chengde Liu Zhong Zhan (承德六中站), which is once you see the temple, and walk the remaining half mile). Admission includes entrance to neighboring temple (Temple of Sumeru, Happiness, and Longevity; 须弭福寿之庙). This is the largest temple in Chengde and is a mini-replica of Lhasa's Potala Palace. ¥80.  edit
  • Shuangta Shan (双塔山;). These curious pagodas can be found on twin peaks in the town of Shuangta Shan (named after the peaks). The construction of these ancient pagodas remains a mystery as they are situated on top of two very steep mountains. Admission includes viewing of the peaks and hiking the surrounding area. ¥50.  edit
  • Puning Temple (普宁寺), (Take Bus 6 from outside the Summer Mountain Resort). This temple houses the awesome statue of Guanyin. She measures 22m high and is the tallest wooden Buddhist statue in the world. ¥80  edit
  • Hammer (Club) Rock (棒槌峰). This unusual rock formation is a hike (or 50 rmb ski lift ride) up from Pule Temple (普乐寺). Admission includes entrance to Pule Temple as well as a visit to nearby Toad Rock (蛤蟆峰). 80rmb.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • LTL Mandarin School Chengde (LTL Mandarin School Chengde), 4007058836, [1]. Offers Chinese Language Classes in Chengde with Home Stay Families. Experience Chinese Immersion at it's fullest with zero contact from foreign students and a 100% Mandarin based environment.  edit
  • Ice Skating. During the winter there are ice skating rinks open on Wulie River. Skate rental is available, as are snacks and drinks.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Donkey-Rolling Roll is a long roll with stuffing wrapped in yellow rice. The Roll is served on a bed of yellow beans. The act of turning the roll on the yellow beans is just like a donkey rolling on the ground. That is how the snack got its name. It could be found in Chengde more than 200 years ago. Generally, less than ¥100 for a large plate (in Chengde restaurants, there are always large and small plates; the large plate is about ten inches wide and the small one seven inches wide).

You noodle is a kind of coarse food grain. It is slightly dark colored. The local You noodle wozi dough is first rolled out to a thin skin, and then formed to its final shape. After that, it is put into a pot and braised. You dip it in the sauce when eating. It feels smooth and jelly-like in your mouth. You noodle jiaozi is a kind of ravioli stuffed with pickled vegetables.

Pubang deer meat clusters and the cooked deer meat clusters are quite tasty, and cost only ¥4-5 for each cluster. They are well worth trying. In the street south of the Summer Resort, there are many shops featuring local specialities which cater to tourists.

In the evening, you will find mini-booths selling tangy scented baked corn along Chengde Street.

  • Daqinghua Dumpling Restaurant (大清花). This restaurant is a favorite among foreigners and Chinese alike. There are three locations in the city: Train Station, Summer Mountain Resort, and City Center (on the small street behind the two-story KFC). The menu varies slightly between branches: the City Center location has an excellent menu (in English and Chinese, with colour photos). Try the dumplings.  edit
  • Jazz cafe South of the city in the university area, you'll find Jazz cafe on GuanFeng Lu. Pizza, burgers, waffles and other western food, and beer and wine. 11:00 - 22:00

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Beer Gardens. During the summer, there are a few beer gardens open next to Wulie River on Wulie Lu (south of the Summer Mountain Resort). BBQ, ice cream, and other drinks are also available.  edit
  • Giraffe Cafe (长颈鹿咖啡), 竹林寺八一街, 13313387210, [2]. 11am-11pm. A locally run cafe featuring homemade European-style desserts, Illy coffee, and an assortment of teas. A relaxing place to chat or surf the web (free wifi access). Located just off Wulie Lu on Zhulin Si Bayi Jie, not far from Chengde's downtown. 20-30 rmb.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Ming's Dynasty Hostel, (Located just a few minutes walk from Chengde Train Station, in Huilong Dasha (会龙大厦).), (), [3]. Offers ensuite dorms (100 rmb) and twin rooms (280 rmb and up).  edit

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Get out[edit]

  • Bashang Grasslands - Visit the beautiful grasslands in north Hebei especially during the high season of July-August. From Chengde East Station there is a direct bus to Jixie Linchang (approx. 5 hours), a town in far north Hebei bordering Inner Mongolia, in the Mulan Weichang area of the Bashang Grasslands.

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