Chengde Mountain Resort

Chengde Mountain Resort

Chengde Mountain Resort was the summer residence of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) imperial family. Extending over 5. 64 million square meters in the urban area of Chengde, it is the largest imperial park extant in China. The construction of the resort began in 1703, or the 42nd year of the Qing Emperor Kangxi's reign, and last for 90 years. Scattered across the Mountain Resort are some 130 groups of structures built in different styles and totaling about 100000 square meters in floor space. The Mountain Resort combines the delicacy of private gardens in south China and the elegancy of imperial gardens in north China. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1994.