Temple for Distant Security (Anyuan Miao)

Admission:

RMB 10

Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (only open from May 1st to October 7th)

How to get there:

The temple is in the east of Chengde, north of the tramway that offers views of Sledgehammer Rock, Toad Rock and other niftily shaped rocks and peaks east of town.

The Temple for Distant Security (Anyuan Miao) is located to the east of the Imperial Summer Villa (Bishu Shanzhuang) and north of The Temple of Universal Happiness (Pule Si) on the scenic banks of the Wulie River. Designed, as with many of the temples in Chengde, to appease some of the more troublesome elements in the Qing empire via minority architectural flattery, Anyaun Miao was built in the style of the Xinjiang Gurza Temple (which, sadly, no longer exists) and for a time housed Mongolian troops. The complex is thus also called the Yili Temple after the Xinjiang valley of the same name. 

Built in 1764, the temple covers 26,000 square meters (6.4 acres); today, most of the structures are rather run down and a number are gone. The original complex consisted of three outer walls and multiple of gates. The dominant remaining building is the central three-floor Hall of Appeasing the Borders (Pudu Dian), which contains a few gilded statues of Buddha. The main building is distinctive in having an unusual black-tiled roof. In front of the Hall of Appeasing the Borders is a stele that reproduces the calligraphic style of Qing Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), engraved in Mandarin, Manchurian, Mongolian and Tibetan characters.
 

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