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Cut into the red-orange stone by a stream running at the foot of Hong Shan (Hóng Shān, 红山), the Red Stone Gorge (Hóngshí Xiá, 红石峡) is dotted by Buddhist grottoes. The oldest of these date back to the Song Dynasty. More recently, a number of inscriptions have been carved into the walls of the canyon, including some by famous Chinese artists. About 2 km (1.2 mi) away, Zhenbei Tower is one of the largest towers of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

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