Highlight of Chengde is the UNESCO listed treasures - it was the playground of the Emperors, as such it has a Summer Palace garden/park, a replica of The Potala Palace (original in Lhasa), a phenomenal temple with a 1,000 armed giant Buddha, and a giant natural rock called Club Rock.
From a Western travellers perspective it has not yet been Westernized for ease of travel so if you don't have a translator just get very organised with maps & where you will stay. Having been 3 times now here is my suggested itinerary: On your last day in Beijing go to The Great Wall at Mutianyu. With a driver (90mins from Bj). Then head on to Chengde which is an additional 2hr drive. Stay 2 or 3 nights depending on how much chill-out time you have. Day 1: Potala Palace, 1,000 armed Buddha and then Club Rock. Day 2 start early and have a picnic at the Summer Palace. Then catch the 5hr train back to Bj or go out for a massage after all the walking you'll do.
MUST go: Imperial Summer Palace. This is a great place and photo shooting. The scene is so beautiful during autumn.
Except the shuttle bus driver inside there. He just dumped us somewhere in the Summer Palace, and ended up we got into another shuttle bus. If can walk,please walk. Spend more time here.
Chengde city and city centre is not very clean and not very interesting for visiting. The tourist mountanious area in north part of the city is beutiful and amazing.
Fodd was very delicious. We have enjoyed our stay in Chengde and would come again by next chance.
very nice small city to escape from the very hustle beijing. 5 hours by morning train , u will see the city of chengde surrounded by mountains rivers and many natural resources.
Is a nice small city with Temples and UNESCO places. I surely reccomend it to who love hiking, there are nice temples and sightseeing on the mountain