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If you come to Chengde, do not leave before seeing at least both Putuo and Puning temples. If you were time-constrained I would even recommend seeing them over the Mountain resort itself. The Putuo (the "mini" Potala) is just stunning, the Puning is extremely charming...More
There is only one drawback to wanting to visit the 'replica' Potala: you probably need to be as fit to climb the steeply winding and rough pathway as if you were climbing to the original Potala in BeiJing. Sadly I had to give up after...More