Chengde >> Beijing

Mountain Resort | Chengde

Wednesday December 17. Last day of the Creative China, Harmonious World Forum. The morning consisted out of a visit to the Xumifushou Temple (Temple of Sumeru Happiness and Longevity) and the Mountain Resort, the afternoon of a four hour drive back to the capital.

Copied from the Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse where the Sixth Panchen Lama lived, the Xumifushou Temple was built in the 45th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1780) as a temporary residence. Today it is one of the highlights of a booming tourist industry, part of the agenda of the development of the Cultural Industries. While outside of its walls the city is sprawling in a rather numb way over the hills and along the riverbanks, the temple tries to remains an oasis of rest and architectural wonders. After visiting the temple we drove to the Mountain Resort, the Qing dynasty’s summer palace, which was built between 1703 and 1792.

After lunch we drove back to Beijing, basically the reverse trajectory of our Beijing – Chengde trip of three days earlier.

A couple of snapshots from our last day in Chengde.

Xumifushou Temple | Chengde

Mountain Resort | Chengde

Chengde />> Beijing | December 17, 2008

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