Mapping Chengde: the Qing landscape enterprise

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University of Hawai'i Press, 2000 - Architecture - 209 pages
The imperial residence of Chengde was built by two powerful and ambitious Manchu emperors between 1703 and 1780 in the mountains of Jehol. The site, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, combines the largest classical gardens in China with a unique series of grand monasteries in the Sino-Tibetan style. Mapping Chengde, the first scholarly publication in English on the Manchu summer capital, reveals how this unlikely architectural and landscape enterprise came to help forge a dynasty's multicultural identity and concretize its claims of political legitimacy. Using both visual and textual materials, the author explores the hidden dimensions of landscape, showing how geographical imagination shaped the aesthetics of Qing court culture while proposing a new interpretation of the mental universe that conceived one of the world's most remarkable examples of imperial architecture.

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If you're looking for a (tourist) book on the various buildings/temples of Chengde, this is not that book. Anyway, it's out-of-print and difficult to find, which is a shame as it is an excellent ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Great Qing at Home
13
Hamlet and Imperial Residence
27
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Foret is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and International Academic Program, University of Oklahoma.

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