Chengde in Hebei is inhabited by about 450,000 people.
From here it's roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the southwest to Beijing and 140 miles (225 kilometers) to the south to Tianjin.
A place of worship, one of the most popular of the many historic sites here, is the Pule Temple. Visit the historic site to explore its history and also to study its design.
Find a little peace in Putuo Zongcheng Temple, where families can escape the crowds. Bring a picnic, throw a Frisbee, or just listen to the birdsong. This park is the perfect place to unwind.
The Chengde Mountain Resort and the Bishu Shanzhuang, are just two more not-to-be-missed sights waiting to delight savvy travellers in Chengde.