The city of Chengde is well known for its Summer Palace, built by the Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi to escape the summer heat of Beijing. Equally famous are its Buddhist temples, where young lamas are trained to read Buddhist scriptures and perform rituals. Religion is a sensitive issue in China and is tightly controlled by the government; at the same time, it is being used to boost the local tourist trade.

First broadcast:
4 November 2010

This clip could be used to introduce the Qing dynasty. After watching the clip, the teacher could divide the students in two groups. One group could design a poster for the Summer Palace and another group could design a poster for a Buddhist temple. They could use the posters to practise taking a taxi in Chinese. The teacher could ask the students to compare temples in China with churches in England.