[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: Chengde: a city of too many prayers and temples

Monday, June 09, 2008

Chengde: a city of too many prayers and temples

Chengde is an amalgamation of Chinese tribes: Han Chinese, Mongolian, Manchurian, Tibetan and other minor tribes. The most noticeably different would be Manchurians, whose skin is more pale and apparently the women are more tempermental!
Anyway, as the title suggests, Chengde's many tourist attractions are its temples of different Buddhist sects. The Qianlong emperor of the Ming dynasty constructed a mountain resort here, fenced off by its own little great wall and filled with pristine lakes and villa style homes. He also built many temples in Chengde to appease the different Buddhist tribes and ease integration (after subjugation one would assume). An old saying goes: "a Buddhist temple equals 50,000 troops".

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