The best summer resort to the west of Beijing, and the most scenic town in northern Hebei. Hello, everyone. I am Wang Yan, the County Magistrate of Laiyuan County Government of Baoding City, Hebei Province. In this beautiful season, I’d like to invite you to explore with me the poetic and picturesque Laiyuan which is neighboring Beijing and Xiong’an.
Laiyuan County is located to the northwestern of Baoding City of Hebei Province, by the north end of grand Taihang Mountains, on the border between Hebei and Shanxi, and also sharing its border with three cities: Baoding, Zhangjiakou, and Datong. Since ancient time, it has been a gateway to central China, a fortress to the plateau, and a right hand to the capital of the country.
The most fascinating part of Laiyuan is the cool summer of 21℃. The average elevation here is 1000 meters. Taihang Mountains, Yan Mountains, and Heng Mountains are connecting to each other with various peaks and valleys in green. Here is the source of three rivers, Juma River, Laishui River and Yishui River, with seven scattered spring groups, being featured for negative oxygen ion concentration of 20000 per cubic centimeter. It is a place where you can feel free to breathe. The average temperature in summer is only 21.7℃, reputably known as “Ecological and Cool Summer Town to the West of Beijing”, boasting its mosquito-free, haze-free and heat-free environment and scenic views of mountains and rivers with cool breeze.
The most appealing part of Laiyuan is the big lake in the scenic county. The Baishi Mountain, a world geological park and national 5A scenic resort, also known as “Head to the Taihang Mountains”, is located in the south of the county. With integrated views of peak forest, craggy stones, lofty cliff, valleys, waterfall, forest and thick clouds, etc., it also includes the only marble peak forest landform in China. By visiting this Mountain, you can feel the charms of all Five Great Mountains of China. The Juma River, originated from center of the county, is the only river in north China without drying-up. As you travel downstream with the river, you will reach the Laiyuan Lake where green willows, fish and birds can be found. The mountain, the river, and the county embrace each other in harmony and beauty, constantly attracting the visitors with their lively and vivid charm.
The most profound part of Laiyuan is the thousand-year historical deposits. “Should the Feihu Town be retrieved in the snowy night, the triumph army shall be treated with a grand banquet.” In the poem A Song in Slow Time by the poet Lu You in Song Dynasty, the “Feihu Town”refers to Laiyuan County. Right here, you can visit Geyuan Temple, the most ancient civil engineering structure from Liao Dynasty, and knock the only big bell in China, which has clear year mark from Liao Dynasty. You can visit the 122.5km of Great Wall from Ming Dynasty to feel the weather-beaten beacon towers. You can visit the forty miles ancient Feihu path which was the defense barrier of the Generals from Yang Family against the Liao Army from north, and also the witness of prosperity on the ancient Silk Road. Laiyuan is the first county liberated by the PLA in establishing their strongholds in the Shanxi-Chahar-Hebei border area. In the Battle of Huangtuling, the Japanese “Blossom General” Abe Norihide was neutralized. The small Buddhism temple of Sunjiazhuang village where Dr. Norman Bethune did surgery operation to soldiers of Eighth Route Army has been well preserved. The heroic story of anti-Japanese youth Wang Erxiao has been praised for generations. We have been consistently endeavoring to publicize the revolutionary stories and inherit the communism spirit.
The most attractive part of Laiyuan is the national level skiing and tourism resort. It has the world's largest ski jumping platform cluster and the most advanced wind tunnel laboratory, and has the largest ski resort in southwest Beijing. Right here, you can freely feel the passion of speed on snow and ice. You can also enjoy special warm and cozy winter time with mountain hot spring in the Huazhong Hot Spring Vacation Resort. With the establishing and functioning of China Snow Sports Academy of Beijing Sport University in the future, Laiyuan will also become a world’s first rate cultivating base for snow sports talents.
The most unforgettable part of Laiyuan is the nostalgia in the bottom of one’s heart. Laiyuan is on the 39 degree north latitude which is the “golden latitude” for agriculture and plantation. The unique climate brings honorable titles such as “Fine Quality Walnut Origin in China” and “Pilot Plantation Base of Pollution-free Millet in China”. All sorts of delicious food such as proso millet cake, sour bean curd, red trout, hand-made naked oats rolls, and pancake with meat fillings bring sensational taste and satisfaction to your appetite. On the theme of “Households Deep in Clouds”, there have been 16 villages awarded with honorable title of Provincial Level Beautiful Village in Laiyuan, and more than 2000 households rated as Beautiful Courtyard, illustrating the new sceneries of unique image and charm for each village.
Dear friends, as it is said that “Read abundantly to enrich your knowledge, and travel afar to gain your experience”, Laiyuan is your optimal destination. We sincerely invite you to enjoy the scenic tour together, to experience the historical atmosphere and beautiful climate. All guests are welcome to the beautiful mountains of “Laiyuan”! It is so close, and it is so beautiful, welcome to enjoy your weekend in Hebei!
I am Wang Yan. I’ll be waiting for you in Laiyuan!