Cuiwei Mountain

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Cuiwei Mountain lies in the northern part of the Shijingshan District in Beijing's western suburbs. It is a tranquil, secluded spot of great natural beauty famous for its compact arrangement of temple buildings and many fine trees.

The pines and cypresses of Cuiwei Mountain were impressive to the famous Qing Dynasty scholar and poet Gong Zizhen that, in one of his poems, he extolled the four "hundred-foot-tall" white-barked cypresses by a spring on the mountainside and four pine trees at Dengwei Mountain in Suzhou as "the eight great pines under heaven." Although the four white-barked cypresses in the poem no longer exist, there are still numerous other pines and cypresses on Cuiwei Mountain to be enjoyed.