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Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort

North of Shuangqiao District, Chengde 067000, China
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Ranked #1 of 36 attractions in Chengde
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: China's largest imperial garden and the former summer capital of the Qing dynasty is surrounded by lakes, forest and mountains.
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

Will recommend to go during off-peak season. I went in Nov as a side trip from Beijing and there were quite little people there save some locals taking a stroll in the park. It was a good break from the Beijing crowd. The main palace itself is small in comparison to that of forbidden city but the park behind the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a beautiful place but I recommend a visit in September to avoid the hot summer sun and the crowd. You'll enjoy much more. I don't recommend the 'around lake' shuttle. Not good value for money. Beware it won't take you back to the starting point. The mountain mini bus will take you along part of the wall up... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Beautiful area to wander through. Several areas are being renovated as its off season, but all in all worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The palace is immersed in a beautiful park with lakes at the bottom and woods at the top. All circumscribed by a 10Km long wall. The museum at the entrance of the palace is relatively small but the great attraction here is the forest surrounding it. A bus will tour you up the hill and stop for pictures in three... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

It took us about 3 hours from Beijing to reach Chengde. This place was recommended by the private tour driver for half-day tour. This resort is not so famous as yet for the foreign tourists visit. The resort is crowded with the most of local people, bringing kids and family for weekend break/ getaway. A well-maintained resort with scenic garden... More

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Rome, Italy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The palace is smaller and less significant than the expected. The most interesting part of this museum has been, for me, a collection of small precious objects exhibiten in a number of glass displays: good examples of the ability and fantasy of old chinese artisans.

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Very like a small Forbidden City in the layout but this has been left in a more natural state. Not over adorned and was built out of cedar. Also not as popular with the tourists so peaceful and calm. The lake was a little like a theme park but again a lovely spot to visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place is not the usual bang for buck tourist destination. Yet in ancient times the emperor would have to hike one week to get to this place. The weather here is pleasantly cooler than Beijing and the lake is really peaceful. When the emperor need a break from his empire, this is where he went. Nice and relaxing place.... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is in a glorious area and made a lovely change from the pollution and crowds we encountered in Beijing. Sadly there is a lot of renovation work taking place at the moment so it is really difficult to appreciate the architecture and decoraton of the buildings, however it is easy to appreciate why this was a beautiful escape for... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We went there yesterday. The whole place is still under renovation- such a disappointment! We had to walk through construction areas and almost all the buildings were covered wt mesh and scaffoldings so there's not much to see except the beautiful lakes. So wait till the renovations are done before you pay RMB120 to enter the place!

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