Temple for Distant Security

Temple for Distant Security (Anyuan miao)The Temple for Distant Security (Anyuan miao), is located to the east of the Summer Villa, on the Dongpin Hillock near to the Wulie River. Designed as many of the temples in Chengde to appease the more troublesome sectors in the Chinese empire through minority architectural similarities, the temple was built in the style of the Xinjiang Gurza Temple, which no longer exists. The complex is thus also called the YiIi Temple after the Xinjiang valley of the same name.

Built in the year of 1764, the Temple for Distant Security covers 26,000 square meters, although now, sadly, most of the site is run down. The original complex consisted of three layers of walls and various gates. Nowadays the most interesting construction is the central, three-floor Hall of Appeasing the Borders (Pudu dian), that contains a few gilded statues of Buddha, including Ksitigarbha. The main building is distinctive in having a black-tiled roof, unusual among temples and royal constructions.

In front of the Hall of Appeasing the Borders is a stele that contains the calligraphic style of Qianlong (1711-1799), engraved in Han Chinese, Manchurian, Mongolian and Tibetan.

How to get temple for distant security: All of the eastern temples can be reached from the railway station, by not crossing the river, but heading northwards (turn right off Chezhan lu, before the bridge).

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