Putuo Zongcheng Temple

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Putuo Zongcheng Temple
The Putuo Zongcheng Temple of Chengde, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
StyleTibetan and Chinese
Putuo Zongcheng Temple
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese普陀宗乘之庙
Traditional Chinese普陀宗乘之廟
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinPǔtuó Zōngchéng zhī miào
Wade–GilesP'u-t'ou Tsung-ch'eng chih miao
Tibetan name
WylieChunzin Dainbaiza Pailhakang
View within the Cihangpudu building, the main hall of the temple, crowned with Chinese pavilions and centered around a hall with a golden rooftop (see gallery picture below).

The Putuo Zongcheng Temple (Chinese: 普陀宗乘之庙; pinyin: Pǔtuó Zōngchéng zhī miào, Tibetan: གྲུ་འཛིན་་་བསྟན་པའི་རྩ་བའི་ལྷ་ཁང༌།, Wylie: Chunzin Dainbaiza Pailhakang) of Chengde, Hebei province, China is a Qing dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771,[1] during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng. Along with the equally famed Puning Temple, it is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the residence of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier.[1][2] Since it was modeled after the Potala palace, the temple represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square metres (2,400,000 sq ft), making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site.