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“beautiful natural resort”

Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort
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Private Full-Day Tour to Summer Palace Mountain Resort in Chengde And...
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$66.00*
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Private Transfer Service: Chengde City Sightseeing from Beijing
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Day Trip to Beijing from Shanghai by Air including Private Great Wall and...
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Chengde
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Owner description: China's largest imperial garden and the former summer capital of the Qing dynasty is surrounded by lakes, forest and mountains.
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 places, including the north edge of the wall where you can enjoy great views of the small potala palace. The lakes at the bottom are really nice and small electric boats are available for rent until 5pm. You'll find lots of small food vendors inside but no real restaurant for lunch/dinner.

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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 & lakeview. The climate in Beijing relatively warm during my visit in May. This place is so pleasant and cooler to escape the heat in Beijing.
I paid some fees and took a bus-ride to round the mountains, reached top of a hill in the Mountain Resort. The ride took about 1 hour 10 minutes, stopover 3 visit spots. I personally feel that it's not worth spending for the ride.
However, it's enjoyable to spend time strolling in the resort, visiting the ancient museum & scenic spots.
I didn't manage to cover the whole resort as the compound is really huge.
I would highly recommend to include this place as part of the itineraries during visit to Beijing if time allowed. It's listed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites as well.

Gentle reminder: Watch out the dishonest hawkers selling fruits (e.g peach & plum) in front of the entrance of Mountain Resort. The unit price of fruits might be low, they're cheating on the weight of the fruits instead.

1  Thank angieohs
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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.

Thank Argos20
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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.

Thank Duddlydoright
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Reviewed May 6, 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.
You can also stay and the mongolian style hotel is you want a longer stay.

Thank AndrewYew
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