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Imperial resort renovation almost complete

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  • 2016

The renovation of the Chengde Mountain Resort is almost complete. The resort, located in the Hebei province in the north east of China bordering the Beijing municipality, is one of China’s best-known imperial sites. It has been on the World Heritage List since 1994 and harbors a large complex of palaces and gardens, as well as administrative and ceremonial buildings.

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The complex was built between 1703 and 1792 and was used by various emperors in later years. Its Chinese name literally translated means ‘Mountain Villa for Escaping the Heat.’ The Kangxi and Qianlong emperors even designated 72 scenic spots in the complex, most of which were based on landmarks known throughout China.

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The entire complex was designed to reflect China’s geographical diversity, both in nature and architecture. Some of the plains in the complex are characteristic of the Mongolian grasslands, while some buildings are a direct copy from well-known buildings from the rest of China. For instance, one of the main buildings on one of the islands is modeled after a tower from a province several hundreds of miles away.

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The renovations started in 2010 and aimed to repair artifacts and structures in the gardens and temples surrounding the complex. Another aim of the renovations is to improve security. A total of 105 projects were planned, 86 of which have been completed to date. According to the deputy head of the provincial cultural heritage bureau, the speed of renovations is going to pick up, shifting the end date of the renovations forward. Total costs for the projects are 600 million yuan ($92 million).

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