Putuo Zongcheng Temple in Chengde

 Where is Putuo Zongcheng Temple?

Putuo Zongcheng Temple is located in the north of Shizigou, Chengde City, Hebei Province, covering an area of 220000 square meters.

History of Putuo Zongcheng Temple

In the 36th year of Qianlong’s reign, in order to celebrate the 60th birthday of Emperor Qianlong and the 80th birthday of empress dowager, the leaders of various ethnic minorities in the border areas gathered in Chengde to hold a grand celebration of their birthday, which brought about an unprecedented situation of national unity. In order to respect the beliefs of all ethnic groups and unite the people of all ethnic groups, Emperor Qianlong ordered the construction of this large temple.

Why is Putuo Zongcheng Temple So Special?

Putuo Zongcheng Temple was constructed against the mountains, which follows Tibetan Buddhism architecture. The main architecture is on the mountaintop while other forty more flattop buildings and Buddhist pagoda buildings have free layouts in accordance with the mountain range. Seen from afar, the temple is like the Polata Palace both in layouts and appearance. No wonder it is also known as the little Potala Palace. In addition, Putuo Zongcheng in Chinese just means the Potala Palace in Zang language. Admittedly, it is a gem of religious building.

How to Get to Putuo Zongcheng Temple?

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If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Putuo Zongcheng Temple with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

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Coaches are available from Chengde long-distance bus station to Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, and Zhangjiakou. Besides, coaches are also available from Chengde Xi bus station and Chengde Bei bus station to its counties.

Useful Travel Tips 

Best Time to Visit

April to October is the best time to visit Putuo Zongcheng Temple.


The temple of putuozong has four distinct seasons, sufficient light and big temperature difference between day and night. The annual average temperature is about 8.8 ℃, and the annual frost free period is 160 days. Although it is cold in winter, the temperature is higher than that in other areas of the same latitude; in summer, it is cool, with concentrated rainfall and basically no hot period, so it is a tourist resort.


Chengde is not a big city. You can stay in Chengde hotel when you visit putuozong temple. Chengde’s accommodation is generally expensive (from the end of April to the beginning of October in the peak season, there are discounts in the off-season).


When entering the temple, we should pay attention to words, deeds and manners, especially not to speak when we are not polite. In addition, when turning the scripture tube in the temple, you should turn it clockwise around the main hall, and the scripture tube should also turn clockwise. You can’t turn it in the opposite direction. That’s a great sin.

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Edited by Winnie/张赢