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PUNING TEMPLE STATUES

PUNING TEMPLE STATUES
Chengde, China
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BACKGROUND

The buildings at the imperial mountain resort at Chengde were built in stages between 1703 and 1792 and were where Qing emperors from Kangxi (r. 1661–1722) onwards spent much of their time between the spring and autumn. Chengde was one of the three imperial centers of the Qing dynasty, along with the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Centuries of temperature fluctuations, dust accumulation, and heavy visitation had taken its toll on the three Puning Temple statues. In 1999, the local government and religious organizations associated with the complex came together to generate financial support for the restoration of the sculptures. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The royal haven at Chengde was one of the three important imperial complexes of the Qing era, the other two being the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in Beijing. It is now a burgeoning tourist destination just three hours from the Chinese capital. (...)