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    Summerpalace

    by nepalgoods Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Summer Palace

    Favorite thing: A big garden is left of the former summerpalace. Chengde has a nicer climate than Beijing. So the Emperors with all their people went to Chengde for some months in summer in the 18th century.

    But after ashort time, Chengde was no longer used as summer palace, because one Emperor was killed in the gardens by lightning. So this place was considered unlucky.

    Fondest memory: The park is very big. I enjoyed walking around almost alone in some areas.

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    Beefy's Chengde Page

    by Beefy_SAFC Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Chengde is a town north of the Great Wall and four hours train journey from Beijing. It is home to the Summer Resort, the retreat of the former Chinese emperors, consisting of an extremely large area of parkland, as well as the palace, through which most tourists enter.
    Also at Chengde is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery (remember to say 'Tashi Delek' to one of the monks while inside) and also a replica of the Potala Palace, built during the Qing dynasty for the then Dalai Lama, as an alternative residence, when the Qing (Manchurian) - Tibetan overlordship relationship was in place. The palace was never occupied, the various Dalai Lamas remaining in Tibet.

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    Temples

    by nepalgoods Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The temples around Chengde resemble famous Tibetan temples like the Potala in Lhasa. Emperor Qianlong had a special liking for the Tibetian peeople and the Buddhism as one of his favourite wives was from Tibet. That is why he built this temples.

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