|UNESCO #703 - Mountain Resort in Chengde - CHINA|
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Mountain Resort in Chengde - CHINA - UNESCO #703
The last card of today is probably the most beautiful one I ever receive from China. It's the first time I read something about the Qing dynasty's palace in Chengde but I have to say that in the 18th century the emperor have chosen a awesome place to build his summer resort - from the picture it really seams a piece of Heaven (and I'm almost sure that he didn't have to climb 7200 steps to reach it). Thank you very much Yachne, this card is simply amazing and it makes my collection grow to 302 UNESCO WHS,only 679 to finish. This postcard took 21 days to arrive!
The Mountain Resort (the Qing dynasty's summer palace), in Chengde, Hebei Province, 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.