Chengde - Hebei Province
Chengde was the summer retreat for the emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Originally established by the Kangxi Emperor in the first half of the 18th century, and known as Jehol by the Manchus. Chengde is situated 140 miles north of Beijing, and boasts the remnants of the largest regal gardens in China. The gardens are home to a multitude of palaces, pavilions & temples. Beautiful in the summer and well worth a visit to capture a sense of how the imperial court used to live.