Based on the files concerned with Puning Temple in Chengde Municipal Bureau of Archives and other materials, this article reviews the reconstruction of Puning Temple from 1980s, including repair of the buildings, recovery and managing of the temple’s property, reestablishing sangha and its relations with tourism and adjacent villages. Through referring to Chengde Today by James Hevia , this article intends to illustrate that it’s not enough only from the viewpoint of state and modernity to look at Puning Temple and the history of ethnic relations indicated. This temple, after reconstruction, is rather the crosspoint of different perspectives from different historical backgrounds; and it is those dialogues between different points of view concerned with the temple that matter most in understanding it.
Ⅰ. Puning Temple during the early years of the People's Republic
Ⅱ. The reconstruction of both temple and sangha
Ⅲ. Tourism and “Equal Stress on Agriculture and Religion”
Ⅳ. Imperial Temple
Ⅴ. Conclusion: history and a wool ball