To Thi Mountain
To Thi Mountain

To Thi Mountain - Lang Son Attractions

To Thi Mountain (The mountain of Lady To) is a cluster of mountains in Tam Thanh Ward, on the north-western edge of  Lang Son City. It is a must to visit To Thi  Mountain if you ever have a chance to travel to Lang Son City.

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The fresh beauty of To Thi Mountain

 

Statue of Lady To
The statue of To Thi on the mountain

The mountain derived its name from Lady To, a local woman. She was said waiting for her husband to return from the battlefield for one year after another. Because of her beauty, she was forced to get married to the chief of the local communities. She tried to decline and asked for one delay after another... and her husband would never come back. For so many delays, the chief didn't allow another one and she was to get married to him. She came to the nearby Tam Thanh Pagoda and prayed. Then, she climbed up to top of the mountain holding her baby to see if her husband was coming back. The whole world around turned dark in a thunderstorm with lightnings and the next day when the sun came out, local people saw that Lady To had turned into a stone staue already.

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The wall of the ancient Mac Citadel

 

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To Thi Mountain offers great view of Lang Son City

To Thi Mountain includes mountains peaks that surround a a raised open ground in the middle which makes it look like a natural fortress. The Mac family actually turned To Thi Mountain into a fortress by building a wall around it in the 16th century. Visiting the mountain nowadays, you can still climb the rocks and follow the path of the former fortress.

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and beautiful view of the surrounding countryside

 

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The walkways are of limestone and with slippery sand which requires good care while climbing

 To Thi Mountain may look not that high, but you'd need extra efforts to climb all the walkways which should take you the whole afternoon. The rock is of limestone and easy to break off; the sand on the walkway is slippery; if you plan to hike all the way, then it is wise to clamber with good care.