Introduction to Puning Temple (普宁寺)
Located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, and alongside the equally famed Putuozongcheng Temple, Puning Temple is one of the famous Eight Outer Temples in Chengde City, Hebei Province. It is also known as Big Buddha Temple because of the big Buddha in the temple, built in 1755 during the period of the Qianlong Emperor to show the Qing's respect to the ethnic minorities.
Under the orders of Qianlong the new Temple of Universal Peace was built, which was a symbol of the emperor's ambition to maintain peace among various ethnic minorities and a stable environment within the northwestern regions. Since the Dzungar were followers of Lamaism, the temple was built as an imitation of Samye Monastery, the sacred place of Lamaism in Tibet.
Southeast of Summer Resort, Chengde
Opening Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Admission: Puning Temple Area - 80 Yuan (incl. Puning Temple and Puyou Temple)
1. Within Chengde, you can take bus No. 5 (which can be boarded either at Chengde Railway Station or at the Commuter Bus Hub Station) to the Mountain Resort of Chengde, then transfer to bus No. 6 to the Eight Outer Temples.
1. Try to avoid visiting Puning Temple during Golden Week and summer holidays.
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