Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde

When I received this postcard I thought it was the Potala Palace, but no, it's a temple inspired in the Potala Palace

Putuo Zongcheng Temple
This postcard was sent by Heng Yao

The Putuo Zongcheng Temple of ChengdeHebei province, China is a Qing dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng. Along with the equally famed Puning Temple, it is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier. Since it was modeled after the Potala palace, the temple represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square metres (2,400,000 sq ft), making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site. - in: wikipedia

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