Ci’er Mountain in Zhangjiakou

Brief Introduction

Ci’er Mountain in Zhangjiakou is located 1.5 kilometers west of the main urban area of Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. According to the administrative divisions, it belongs to Qiaoxi District with a north-south trend. About 1000 meters above sea level, the highest point is 1005 meters above sea level. The mountain overlooks the panoramic view of the main urban area of Zhangjiakou City, which is one of the main scenic spots in Zhangjiakou City.

History of Development

There is a famous temple on the top of the mountain. Yunquan Temple, an ancient temple with a history of more than 600 years, Yunquan Temple is a key cultural relic protection unit in Hebei Province. The reason why it is called Yunquan Temple is to take the meaning of “there is a clear spring in the depths of Baiyun”. It is a temple built by Buddha and Taoism. The upper part is Tao and the lower part is Buddha. In the old days, when the temple fair was held on the eighth day of April in the lunar calendar, people came here to climb mountains and burn incense to pray for “gifts of children”. Therefore, this mountain is called “Ci’er Mountain”.

Folklore & Legendary

There is a legendary story about the origin of the name “Ci’er Mountain”. More than 500 years ago, there was a couple, they married for many years failed to have children, they were very anxious. On the eighth day of April this year, the couple came to the foot of the hill in the western suburb of Zhangjiakou, burning their pestles and praying for help from the gods of heaven and earth. Just as they were repeating their desire for children over and over again, suddenly an old man with white hair came out of the crack between the rocks on the hillside. The old man came to them without speaking. He took out a muddy doll from his arms and gave it to them. Then he disappeared. The next year, the couple was happy with their son. They were so overjoyed. This incident spread quickly. People who pray for their children in the foot of the mountain and finally came true. So every year on the eighth day of April to burn incense and beg for their children. Therefore, people called the West Mountain “Ci’er Mountain”.

Useful Travel Tips

  • Traffic Guide:
    The terminal of Bus No. 9 and No. 32 is at the foot of Ci’er Mountain. Suggested driving or chartering
  •  Accommodation
    There’s Greenhouse Hotel nearby. The price is reasonable.
  • Tickets:
    No admission fee.

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