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Chengde lies 250 km to the north-east of Peking in Hebei Province. It was the favourite summer haunt of the Manchu emperors and was known in Manchu as Jehol. 


History and Features of Chengde

The Manchu emperor Kang xi was the first to recognize the area’s natural beauty and potential. The name Jehol comes from Re he meaning ‘warm river’, denoting the hot springs to be found ther...