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Hebei is a relatively anonymous province whose borders wrap around the better known municipality regions of Beijing and Tianjin. It was seen at the traditional northern border of the Chinese empire and large sections of the Great Wall were built here. Now it is best known to the local Chinese as a weekend retreat for Beijing residents. 
In the Qing dynasty, the town of Chengde was the imperial summer resort and is larger than Beijing’s Summer Palace and the Forbidden City together. Many of the old temples, including Tibetan and Mongolian, could be well restored after the Cultural Revolution. 
Ancient villages like Zhengding and Yujia Village, located close to the province’s capital of Shijiazhuang, show traditional architectural style and the “old China” life and custom.
The breezy seaside resort of Beidahe serves as a popular holiday getaway for normal Beiing residents as well as for the Communist Party elite.

Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort

The summer vacation mountain village is Qing Dynasty Kang, the dry prosperous times symbol. As mountain village founder's Kanghsi, Qian Long, all once south six lower reaches of the Changjiang River, spread America of the calendar world scenery. When construction summer vacation mountain village, abundantly picks length of the numerous families, fuses the Chinese north and south botanical garden style is a body, causes the summer vacation mountain village to become the Chinese classical botanical garden art the summary and the sublimation. Our country botanical garden experts said that, the entire summer vacation mountain village is the motherland beautiful homeland miniature. "Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde" was added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 1994.

Summer Mountain Resort 
The Mountain Resort (the Qing dynasty's summer palace) was built between 1703 and 1792. It is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings. Temples of various architectural styles and imperial gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pastureland and forests. In addition to its aesthetic interest, the Mountain Resort is a rare historic vestige of the final development of feudal society in China.

Outlying Temples (Eight Outer Temples)
Putuozongcheng (Potala) Palace, modelled after Lhasa's Potala Palace, is the largest and the most impressive of the Chengde palaces and was built in 1790 by Qianlong for his 60th birthday. The Potala Temple, its tapering windows and slab-sided walls obviously influenced by Tibet, is in no way "a copy of the Potala Temple in Lhasa". Many windows are blind, and several outbuildings are solid, just intended to add to the massy splendor of the whole.

Xumifushou Miao (Temple of Happiness and Longevity at Mount Sumeru)
Partly inspired by Tashilhunpo in Tibet, this temple was constructed to make the Panchen Lama, number two in the Tibetan religious hierarchy, feel at home during a visit in 1780.

Pule Si (Temple of Universal Joy)
Tibetan advisors were employed in the design of this temple, built to receive annual tributary visits from defeated Mongol tribes. But the most striking element is the copy at the rear of the circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests from the Temple of Heaven. Shady benches around the quiet courtyards make perfect picnic stops.

Puning Si (Temple of Universal Peace)
The main Hall of Mahayana is impressive -- story upon story of red walls and yellow roofs, topped with a gold knob surrounded by four mini-pagoda-like points. More impressive still is its contents, a giant copper-colored wooden Guanyin figure more than 22m (73 ft.) high, the largest of its kind in the world. It's possible to climb three levels of interior galleries to look the figure in the eye, as she sits in dusty gloom.

Bailin Zen Temple
The 1800 years old Bailin Zen Temple (Bailin Chan Si), the ancestral home of Chinese Zen Buddhism, is one of the most famous Zen Buddhist temples in China. It is an important teaching altar for Zen Buddhism which advocates self-knowledge through meditation. 

Yu County's Lantern Festival - Molten Iron Fireworks

Yu County (or Yu Xian) in Hebei still preserves well its old nothern China characteristics. The Old City (the earthen rampart walls of which remain in some spots) is home to numerous temples, including the well-preserved god of wealth temple. The restored city tower stands at the center of the old city. The city was a former garrison town during the Ming dynasty, serving as part of the defense system protecting the capital Beijing (located to the East) from Mongol invasion.
Yu County is famous for its paper-cutting by many local villagers, and throwing Molten Metals as fireworks during the Chinese New Year.

Ancient Zhengding Town & Yujia Stone Village

This is a well-received bus tour. The village is really unique despite we have seen many ancient villages or townships in Beijing, Shanxi or Yunnan. The "old China" life & custom in the village has been kept intact; and the old town Zhengding is famous for its various ancient temples of different dynasties.

Zhengding is a county in Hebei Province approximately 260 kilometers south of Beijing, China. It is under the administration of nearby Shijiazhuang City. Zhengding has been an important religious center for more than 1,000 years, from - at least - the times of the Sui Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. It is the founding place of a major school of Zen Buddhism. Now there are few places in China that you can see unadorned old temples. But Zhengding owns many monasteries and pagodas of different dynasties (from Sui, Tang, Song to Qing).  A noteworthy site is the Longxing Monastery, where the historical building ensemble has been preserved almost intact. Furthermore, four famous pagodas, each with its own architectural style, are still standing.

Yu Family Stone City (Yujia Village) is located in Jing Jing County,  80 kilometers from Shijiazhuang. It is the only national-level protected ancient village in Hebei. Yujia Village is nick-named stone city because it owns 4000 stone houses, 3700 meters long stone slab paved street, over 1000 stone well and pool,  and 200 stone stelas. Besides, many stone stools, tables and grinds scatter in the village. You will also see little shrines and old monasteries left in the town.


Beidaihe has enjoyed a good reputation since 1893, It was when a British engineer called JinDa helping to build a railway line in Beidaihe. He found that Beidaihe is an ideal place to escape the summer heat .On his recommendation, the first holidaymakers arrived Beidaihe, and then a poor fishing village quickly became popular.

In 1898, Qing Government made Beidaihe the official tourism zone for summer holiday, which drew hundreds of business people, politicians, missionaries from home and abroad to Beidaihe .

After the New China Was founded, late Chairman Mao,Premier Zhou and other important leaders gathered here every summer, talked about the state affairs and discussed the future of the country. MaoZedong once said,“Sunshine, beach and air of Beidaihe are the most attractive.”

Famous poem composed by MaoZedong : Lang Tao Sha Beidaihe.