Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chengde Mountain Resort: The Plains


The Plains section of Chengde Mountain Resort mimics the grasslands of Mongolia, and the emperors would race horses and hunt game on these grounds. There's no hunting today, but there are some statues of wildlife around the park.


There's a variety of buildings scattered along the Plains for the emperor to relax and receive guests, some in traditional Chinese style, and some that resemble yurts in Mongolia. There's also a 70 m, 9 storey pagoda built in 1791, and it is one of China's tallest pagodas today.

Remember the Sledgehammer Peak that Pipkin and Domo saw from the walls of the Hills? The park mimics the Sledgehammer Peak with its own upright rock. You can see both in the photo above.


After exploring the Mountain Resort park, the two stopped to visit Putuo Zongcheng Temple, a Buddhist temple modeled after the Potala Palace, the sanctuary of Dalai Lama, built in the 17th century. Then, it was time to eat! Near the Buddhist temple there was an all vegetarian restaurant, which made Pipkin really happy!



2 comments:

  1. Your pictures make it seem like there was no one else with you!

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    1. Hehe, that's usually what I aim for. Doesn't always work that way, and it was tough to do in China!

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