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Lankylee wrote a review May 2019
Lake Macquarie, Australia874 contributions242 helpful votes
This is a relic of an emperor's whim. It is not a religious place and the decoration is more Chinese than Tibetan. Go to Tibet to see the real one. I did not see much enthusiasm amongst the visitors.
Date of experience: May 2019
Pauli C wrote a review Oct. 2018
Seattle, Washington253 contributions59 helpful votes
I have seen it called three different names: The Small Potala Palace or Putuo Zongcheng Temple or the Temple of Potalaka--either way, it was pretty awesome and we was really happy to visit. We took a one day trip over from Beijing using an English speaking driver from Beijing and this was our final stop and we were all pretty tired. Like all sights built hundreds of years ago (late 1700's) there are a lot of stairs and we climbed them all and it was worth it! The Temple here is quite large, over 2.4 million sq feet and is a replica of the Buddhist Palace in Tibet, so it has both architectural styles. I have heard from a local that the Tibet palace is likely to close to the public soon and that this is a close replica. It was simple but beautiful. I am happy we took the time to stop. At the top, you could purchase of flag to go up a pole. There was a three story Buddha inside.It was a bit tricky to find the stairs to the inside, but they do exist on either end. The inside was beautiful.…
Date of experience: October 2018
Millenium2016 wrote a review Sep. 2018
Switzerland219 contributions89 helpful votes
When you have climbed the many steps of the palace and you arrive on the main terrace, you could be in Tibet with the flags and the vows of the priests. The palace is probably one of the most beautiful place in Chengde and definitely worth to be visited
Date of experience: July 2018
Simply Travel and Eat wrote a review Apr. 2018
Singapore, Singapore12,715 contributions2,537 helpful votes
This temple was build a few hundred years ago by the qian long emperor. Located very near to the summer palace. It's build to model the one in Tibet which was communicated to us by our tour guide! A rich piece of Chinese history and another world unesco heritage site!
Date of experience: April 2018
codered202001 wrote a review Mar. 2018
Glendora, California92 contributions9 helpful votes
The buildings architecture is magnificent. It is amazing on the facts and stories on how it came to be. I suggest a guided tour.
Date of experience: March 2018