The northern Henan city of Hebi covers an area of 2,182 square kilometers and is home to 1,430,000 residents, 590,000 of whom are urban dwellers. A combination of plains and mountains, "Hebi" literally translates to "Crane on the Cliffs," named after the legend of the celestial crane that once perched itself upon the cliffs of the South Mountain."
The Hebi county of Xun is known for its cultural and spiritual relevance. Xun County is home to Dapi Hill where Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism coexist. Here the ancient Stone Buddha Statue resides in Tianning Temple. This sacred abbey was built during the Northern Wei Dynasty. Its stone effigy is considered the earliest and largest Buddha statue in northern China. Meanwhile, the Taoist Bixia Palace presents depictions of over 3,000 immortal figures. As a community, the spiritual energy of this region coalesces at the month-long Temple Fair, where as many as 20,000 visitors come through each day.
Meanwhile, in Qi County, provincial level protections are registered for its well-known relics and artifacts, many of which hold ancient military significance. Here the Yunmeng Mountain boasts of several sites, including Guigu's military school from the Warring States Period. This base of strategy and training is known as the earliest military school in Chinese history. Several notable military minds trained here including Sun Tzu's talented nephew, Su Qin.