Jehol: city of emperors
Just north of the Great Wall of China lies the city of Jehol (Cheng-te) which was once the magnificent summer capital of the Manchu emperors. In the eighteenth century, Jehol was at the pinnacle of its power and influence. During this period the Emperor Ch’ien Lung (173696 built many magnificent monuments, including the Potala, built in the style of the Potala in Lhasa, and the sin Kung temple monastery. Explorer Sven Hedin visited this city in 1930 and found Jehol and its monuments fast crumbling into ruin. In this book Hedin documents the city in detail, mindful that within a few years his descriptions and photographs could well be all that would remain of this magic city.