Chengde – A Weekend Trip From Beijing

Lettice in front of Putuo Zongcheng

In 2020 I had approximately 12 weeks of summer vacation from June to August but due to COVID-19 travel was off the cards. Luckily the COVID-19 situation wasn’t too bad in Beijing so there were several activities to keep me entertained, such as: the Jing & Tonic variety show; Girl Gone International and Female Expats of Beijing meet ups, rugby training, and Board Games Night. Additionally, I restarted my radio show, Volunteer Stories, further helping me to pass the time.

a photo of the Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort garden
Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort

What’s more, towards the end of the summer I managed to go on a weekend trip outside of Beijing to Chengde. I’d wanted to visit there for over 2 years but had never got the chance. What with COVID-19 I thought going somewhere close by with a tour group was my best option so at the end of August I finally visited Chengde.

Lettice standing in front of Putuo Zongcheng.
Lettice standing in front of Putuo Zongcheng.

The trip was organised by CET and included visiting the following attractions:
• Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort, built between 1703 and 1792.
• Puning Temple, which houses a 24 meters high golden lacquer wood carved Buddha.
• Putuo Zongcheng, built between 1767 and 1771, and modelled after the Potala Palace in Tibet.
• Shuangta Mountain.

Puning Temple
Puning Temple

The weather, tourist attractions, evening show, and dinner were all great, as were the people on the tour. In fact, I became good friends with several members of the tour group and have since attended events and gone on other trips with them.

Lettice standing in front of flags at Putuo Zongcheng.
Lettice standing in front of flags at Putuo Zongcheng

Over the next couple of weeks I will blog about my other trips in 2020, including: camping on the Great Wall of China, visiting Wuhan, and going on a rugby tour in the south of China.

Lettice standing in front of Shuangta Mountain.
Lettice standing in front of Shuangta Mountain.

Thanks for reading!

Lettice

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Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.

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