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Thursday, July 02 2020 - 14:31
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Traditional Chinese medicine tourism and health care base rising in north China's Taihang Mountains
NEIQIU, China, July 2, 2020 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Deep in the Taihang Mountains in north China, a group of workers are busy 
planting local authentic traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) in the Bian Que 
TCM Valley, the largest TCM planting base in Neiqiu County, Xingtai City, Hebei 
Province. The valley is home to 28 varieties of TCM, covering more than 6,000 
mu in planting area. A Chinese herbal medicine seed processing workshop is also 
under construction in the valley. Upon completion, more than 100 tons of 
Chinese herbal medicine seeds can be produced and processed annually to meet 
the demand for genuine Chinese herbal medicine planting in the surrounding 
areas of Taihang Mountains.

Neiqiu County, located in the central part of Taihang Mountains, has profound 
TCM culture and abundant wild herbal medicine resources within its territory. 
It is recognized as the birthplace of Bian Que, a well-known TCM physician 
during the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States Period (407-310 BC). 
It has also been rated as a national TCM culture branding and education base. 
According to historical records, the Pengque Mountain in Neiqiu County was the 
territory, place of medical practice and burial for Bian Que. The Bian Que 
Temple in Neiqiu, which has the longest history and the largest scale of its 
kind in China, is listed as a national key cultural relic site under protection.

On the west side of the Bian Que Temple, the newly-built Bian Que TCM culture 
tourism and health care base "Yizu Hall" is of primitive simplicity and 
magnificence, echoing the largest Bian Que sacrifice temple group in the 
country. The "Yizu Hall" has an ancestral hall of TCM and the Bian Que TCM life 
hall. Among them, the ancestral hall of TCM, as a popular science platform for 
Bian Que's TCM culture, is the only platform in China to sort out, study, 
display, promote and inherit the famous physician's TCM culture.

Neiqiu County, known as the hometown of Xingtai wild jujube seeds in China, is 
the largest distribution center for the production, processing and sales of 
wild jujube seeds in the country. The processing and sales of wild jujube seeds 
account for more than 70% of the national market share.

Walking along the Taihang Mountains Expressway into the Bian Que TCM tourism 
and health care base is like walking into a picture scroll of Pengque Mountain. 
Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the base's primitive and natural 
architectural style and spiritual artistic layout are integrated with nature. A 
stay in such a picturesque place makes people relaxed and happy, offering a 
taste of the simple and unsophisticated slow-paced life in the Taihang 
Mountains.

Source: Convergence Media Center of Neiqiu County

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   Caption: Bian Que TCM Valley, the largest TCM planting base in Neiqiu 
County, Xingtai City, Hebei Province