Hebei Tourism Cities

Chengde Travel Guide


Hebei MapChengde City is one of the China's first famous historic and cultural cities which is located in the northeast of Hebei Province.It is close to Beijing, about 230 kilometers away.

Facts of Chengde 

Population: 3,610,000
Area Code: 0314
Postal code: 067000
City flower: rose
Main minority ethnic groups: Manchu and Mongolian


History of Chengde

Chengde, originally called Rehe was once the summer resort capital of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).It holds rich culture related to this history as well as many historic relics dating as far back as the Neolithic Age in this city. Ethnic groups such as Xiongnu, Xianbei, Qidan, Nvzhen, and Mongolian once led a nomadic existence in this region from the Qin (221BC-206) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

In 1703, Chengde was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. Constructed throughout the eighteenth century, the Mountain Resort was used by both the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. Since the seat of government followed the emperor, Chengde was a political center of the Chinese empire during these times.

Under the Republic of China, Chengde was the capital of Rehe province. From 1933 to 1945 the city was under Japanese control as a part of the Manchurian puppet state known as Manchukuo. After World War II the Kuomintang regained jurisdiction. In 1948, the People's Liberation Army took control of Chengde. It would remain a part of Rehe until 1955, when the province was abolished, and the city was incorporated into Hebei Province.


Geography

Chngde City is located in north of Hebei Province,it is close Beijing, Tianjing, Qinghuangdao.The topography of Chengde city is mainly divided into plateau and mountainous regions, including Yanshan, Yinshan and Qilaotushan mountains, as well as the Luanhe, Liaohe, Chaobaihe and Jiyunhe rivers flowing through the city.


What to see in Chngde?

As one of the first famous historic and cultural cities of the nation, this city has plenty of sceneries, with some of them being renowned both at home and abroad. The Mountain Resort and Eight Outer Temples are listed as the world cultural heritage sites, which have contributed towards the city being one of famous cities in the world.Here lists some popular attractions in Chengde City.


Chngde Summer PalaceChengde Outer Eight TemplesJinshanling Great Wall
     Chengde Summer Palace    Eight Outer Temples  
    Jinshanling Great Wall
Saihanba National Forest Park Qingchui PeakPuning Temple
 Saihanba National Forest Park  Qingchui Peak National Park   Putuo Zongchengzhi Temple



When to visit Chngde?

With a diversity of climate types, the four seasons are distinct from each other in Chengde. The weather is cold in winter, dry in spring, rainy in summer and cool in autumn. The average annual temperature is about 9C (about 48F). Generally speaking, the best time to visit Chengde is between April and October; however, visitors can experience different outlooks in different seasons as the variety of clime.

The Best times to visit the Mountain Resort
To pass the summer: June to October
To go on a spring outing: April to May
To appreciate the scenery of red autumnal leaves: late October to middle November
To enjoy a beautiful snowy scenery: late January to middle February.


How to get to Chngde?

Both the internal and the external transportation of this city are very well developed and although there is only a small-scale airport, chartered flights flying between there and Beijing will provide you more choices for your journey. In addition, railway and road links can connect you to many cities, such as Tianjin, Shenyang, Baotou, Ulanhot, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia, etc. City buses provide a fine and integrated transport service; taxis are also a good choice due to their convenience and inexpensiveness.

By Air: There is a small airport in the southern part of Chengdu City, where irregular charter flights are available between Beijing and Chengde.As Chengde is so close to Beijing, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Beijing Capital International Airport, there is only a small-scale airport in the south of the city. Only non-scheduled chartered flights operate between these two cities from time to time. Therefore, you can take the long-distance bus from Chengde bus station to Beijing and take a plane from Beijing Capital International Airport in accordance with your needs. The journey will take between 3 and 4hours to Beijing and the ticket price is CNY 50.

By Train: Local railway station lies on Wulie Lu in the southeast of the city. Routes include Jingcheng (rails liking Beijing), Shicheng (rails liking Shijiazhuang), Shencheng (rails liking Shenyang) and Chenglong (rails liking Longhua County) railways convergeon this station. There are now trains to Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang, Baotou, Dandong, Ulanhot, Chifeng, Tongliao and Jinzhou available from the railway station.

Tourists can take trains from Beijing to destinations all over China with tickets purchased from Chengde Railway Station as it has linked to the ticket network for the main stations in Beijing.The trains from Beijing to Chengde takes about 5-7 hours on the way. Ticket fare is around CNY130 for a soft sleeper, CNY90 for a hard sleeper, and CNY40 for a hard seat.
Inquiries Phone of Local Train Station: 0314-7622602, 7622362

By Bus: The highway links of the city are very convenient and include the Jingcheng Tourist Highway, Weicheng Highway (Weichang County to Chengde) and three national highways linking the city with Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia, etc. It will take you 3.5 hours to travel from Beijing to the city via the Jingcheng Tourist Highway.
There are three long-distance buses that run to nearby cities such as Beijing,Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, and Zhangjiakou daily from there. Mini buses run every 30 minutes from 06:00 until 16:00 between Chengde Long-distance Bus Station and Beijing Xizhimen Long-distance Station daily.
In addition, regular bus services link every county of the city departing from Western Bus Station and Northern Bus Station daily.
Some destinations from the Western Bus Station: Weichang County, Longhua County, Fengning, Luanping County, depart every 15 minutes.
Destinations from the Northern Bus Station include Pingquan County, Chifeng, Chengde County (Xiabancheng Town), and depart every 15 minutes.


Travel Tips

1. While traveling there, you will have the opportunity to taste the unique local dishes and snacks, both of royal and folk flavors due to its historical links. Various hotels, rest houses and leisure places will also provide you with comfort and pleasure during your travels in this wondrous city.

2. Forest and Grassland Festival of Mulan Imperial Hunting Park: June 29th to the end of February next year.It is mainly to display the unique scenery of forest and grassland and to promote ecotourism.

Contest of Dragon Boat of Mountain Resort: June every year
It is a joyous and exciting festival that draws local people's attention. In addition to the dragon boat contest, there are gliding acts, water performances, as well as gong and drum performance, etc.

3.Local Specialites: Teng’s Cloth-Pasted Painting, Fengning Paper-cutting, Chengde Wood Chip Carvings, Chengde Wood Carving, Summer Resort Hanging Brocade, Chengde Porcelain Carving

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