Chengte, Jehol
Imperial Summer Resort 避暑山庄 (28863805406).jpg
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Clockwise from top: Sledgehammer Peak, Mountain Resort, Skyline of Chengde, Putuo Zongcheng Temple, Jinshanling
Location of Chengde City jurisdiction in Hebei
Location of Chengde City jurisdiction in Hebei
Chengde is located in Hebei
Location of the city centre in Hebei
Chengde is located in Northern China
Chengde (Northern China)
Chengde is located in China
Chengde (China)
Coordinates (Chengde municipal government): 40°57′11″N 117°57′47″E / 40.953°N 117.963°E / 40.953; 117.963Coordinates: 40°57′11″N 117°57′47″E / 40.953°N 117.963°E / 40.953; 117.963
CountryPeople's Republic of China
EstablishedNovember 15, 1983
Municipal seatShuangqiao District
 • Prefecture-level city39,519 km2 (15,258 sq mi)
 • Urban724.03 km2 (279.55 sq mi)
 • Districts[1]1,252.7 km2 (483.7 sq mi)
327 m (1,073 ft)
 • Prefecture-level city3,473,200
 • Density91/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban920,395
 • Urban density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
 • Districts[1]
Area code314
ISO 3166 codeCN-HE-08
License Plate Prefix冀H
GDP (2016)CNY 14.329 billion
City tree
Pagoda Tree
City flower
Rugosa Rose
Chinese name
Literal meaningUpholding Virtue
Receiving Virtue
Traditional Chinese熱河()
Simplified Chinese热河()
Literal meaningHot River
Mongolian name
Mongolian CyrillicХалуун гол
Mongolian scriptᠬᠠᠯᠠᠭᠤᠨ ᠭᠣᠣᠯ
Manchu name
Manchu script᠊ᡵᡩᡝᠮᡠ ᠪᡝ ᠠᠯᡳᡥᠠ
AbkaiErdemu Be Aliha

Chengde, formerly known as Jehol and Rehe, is a prefecture-level city in Hebei province, situated about 225 km northeast of Beijing. It is best known as the site of the Mountain Resort, a vast imperial garden and palace formerly used by the Qing emperors as summer residence.[2] The permanent resident population is approximately 3,473,200 in 2017.


The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735−1796) touring Chengde.
The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735−1796) touring Chengde.

In 1703, Chengde was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. Constructed throughout the eighteenth century, the Mountain Resort was used by both the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. The site is currently an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the seat of government followed the emperor, Chengde was a political center of the Chinese empire during these times.

The city of Jehol—an early romanization of Rehe via the French transcription of the northern suffix ér as eul[3]—reached its height under the Qianlong Emperor 1735-1796 (died 1799). The great Putuo Zongcheng Temple, loosely based on the Potala in Lhasa, was completed after just four years of work in 1771. It was heavily decorated with gold and the emperor worshipped in the Golden Pavilion. In the temple itself was a bronze-gilt statue of Tsongkhapa, the Reformer of the Gelugpa sect.

Under the Republic of China, Chengde was the capital of Rehe province. From 1933 to 1945 the city was under Japanese control as a part of the Manchurian puppet state known as Manchukuo. After World War II the Kuomintang government regained jurisdiction. In 1948, the People's Liberation Army took control of Chengde. It would remain a part of Rehe until 1955, when the province was abolished, and the city was incorporated into Hebei.

The city is home to large populations of ethnic minorities, Mongol and Manchu in particular.


View of Chengde from the Mountain Resort.
View of Chengde from the Mountain Resort.

Chengde is located in the northeastern portion of Hebei, with latitude 40° 12'-42° 37' N, and longitude 115° 54'-119° 15' E, and contains the northernmost point in the province. It borders Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Beijing, and Tianjin. Neighbouring prefecture-level provincial cities are Qinhuangdao and Tangshan on the Bohai Gulf, and land-locked Zhangjiakou. Due to its Liaoning border, it is often considered a part of both the North and Northeast China regions. From north to south the prefecture stretches 269 kilometres (167 mi), and from west to east 280 kilometres (174 mi), for a total area of 39,702.4 square kilometres (15,329.2 sq mi), thus occupying 21.2% of the total provincial area. It is by area the largest prefecture in the province, though as most of its terrain is mountainous, its population density is low.

The Jehol or Rehe ("Hot River"), which gave Chengde its former name, was so named because it did not freeze in winter. Most sections of the river's former course are now dry because of modern dams.


Chengde has a four-season, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa), with widely varying conditions through the prefecture due to its size: winters are moderately long, cold and windy, but dry, and summers are hot and humid. Near the city, however, temperatures are much cooler than they are in Beijing, due to the higher elevation: the monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −9.3 °C (15.3 °F) in January to 24.2 °C (75.6 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 8.93 °C (48.1 °F). Spring warming is rapid, but dust storms can blow in from the Mongolian steppe; autumn cooling is similarly quick. Precipitation averages at about 504 millimetres (19.8 in) for the year, with more than two-thirds of it falling during the three summer months. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 50% in July to 69% in October, the city receives 2,746 hours of sunshine annually.

Climate data for Chengde (1981−2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −1.9
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.3
Average low °C (°F) −14.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1.7
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.6 2.1 3.7 4.5 7.8 11.1 14.2 12.6 7.7 5.0 2.5 1.4 74.2
Average relative humidity (%) 53 47 43 40 48 60 73 74 69 60 57 56 57
Mean monthly sunshine hours 195.6 202.3 240.6 258.7 276.4 262.0 229.1 234.0 240.2 236.2 193.5 177.2 2,745.8
Percent possible sunshine 66 68 65 65 62 58 50 55 64 69 65 62 62
Source: China Meteorological Administration (precipitation days and sunshine 1971–2000)[4][5]

Administrative divisions

Map including Chengde (labeled as 承德 Ch'eng-te (Jehol)) (AMS, 1958)
Map including Chengde (labeled as 承德 Ch'eng-te (Jehol)) (AMS, 1958)

Chengde comprises:

Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2004 est.)
Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Shuangqiao District 双桥区 Shuāngqiáo Qū 290,000 311 932
Shuangluan District 双滦区 Shuāngluán Qū 100,000 250 400
Yingshouyingzi Mining District 鹰手营子
70,000 148 473
Pingquan City 平泉市 Píngquán Shì 470,000 3,297 143
Chengde County 承德县 Chéngdé Xiàn 470,000 3,990 118
Xinglong County 兴隆县 Xīnglóng Xiàn 320,000 3,116 103
Luanping County 滦平县 Luánpíng Xiàn 320,000 3,195 100
Longhua County 隆化县 Lónghuà Xiàn 420,000 5,474 77
Fengning Manchu
Autonomous County
Fēngníng Mǎnzú
380,000 8,747 43
Kuancheng Manchu
Autonomous County
Kuānchéng Mǎnzú
230,000 1,933 119
Weichang Manchu and
Mongol Autonomous County
Wéichǎng Mǎnzú
Měnggǔzú Zìzhìxiàn
520,000 9,058 57


The first ever bandy match in China was organised in Chengde in January 2015 and was played between the Russian and Swedish top clubs Baykal-Energiya and Sandviken.[6] Chengde city was one of the initiators when the China Bandy Federation was founded in December 2014.[7] The city hosted the 2018 Women's Bandy World Championship.[8][9][10][11] While the record number of participants in previous Women's Bandy World Championships was 7, the organisers had thought out measures with the goal to attract 12 participating countries.[12] However, in the end 8 teams participated.


Chengde is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Chengde.


With road and railroad links to Beijing, Chengde has developed into a distribution hub, and its economy is growing rapidly. The newly built Jingcheng Expressway connects Chengde directly to central Beijing, and more freeways are planned for the city. The city's new airport was opened on 31 May 2017.[13] It is located 19.5 kilometres (12.1 mi) northeast of the city center in Tougou Town, Chengde County.


Qing Dynasty map of Chengde Mountain Resort.
The Putuo Zongcheng Temple complex, completed in 1771 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
The Putuo Zongcheng Temple complex, completed in 1771 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.

The project of building Chengde Mountain Resort started in 1703 and finished in 1790. The whole mountain resort covers an area 5,640,000 square meters. It is the largest royal garden in China. The wall of the mountain resort is over 10,000 meters in length. In summers, emperors of Qing Dynasty came to the mountain resort to relax themselves and escape from the high temperature in Beijing.

The whole Resort can be divided into three areas which are lakes area, plains area and hills area. The lakes area, which includes 8 lakes, covers an area of 496,000 square meters. The plains area covers an area of 607,000 square meters. The emperors held horse races and hunted in the area. The largest area of the three is the hills area. It covers an area of 4,435,000 square meters. Hundreds of palaces and temples were built on the hills in this area.

The elaborate Mountain Resort features large parks with lakes, pagodas, and palaces ringed by a wall. Outside the wall are the Eight Outer Temples (外八庙), built in varying architectural styles drawn from throughout China. One of the best-known of these is the Putuo Zongcheng Temple, built to resemble the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The resort and outlying temples were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The nearby Puning Temple, built in 1755, houses the world's tallest wooden statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.

Another popular attraction of the Chengde area is Sledgehammer Peak (磬锤峰), a large rock formation in the shape of an inverted sledgehammer. A variety of other mountains, valleys, and grasslands lie within the borders of the city.


Sister cities

Chengde has city partnerships with the following locations:



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