Chenzhou, Mount Mangshan National Park, located in Yizhang County, Chenzhou, has the most intact subtropical primeval second growth forest and evergreen broad-leave forest in the world. It covers 6,000 hectares, and contains both the northern and the southern plants. It has more than 300 varieties of animals. The yellow-breasted pheasant, sika deer, golden cat, and python are first-class state protected species.Mount Mangshan National Park is a complete forest museum with abundant rainfall and rich natural resources.The Yao live nearby. Their home feature exquisite roofs and poling, finished wood windows, and picture plaques framing the main gates. Taken together these demonstrate unique primitive simplicity and elegance.The King Pan Festival originated from the Singing Party that falls on October 16 of the lunar calendar (Usually the end of November on the Gregorian calendar), which is a grand Yao singing and dancing festival to worship their ancestors and celebrate the bumper harvest. Nowadays, the King Pan Festival has developed into an entertaining festival to celebrate the harvest, and is also an opportunity for young boys and girls to look for the one they might fall in love with.Opening time: 8:00-18:00 Tel: (86)735-3999005 Location:South Yizhang County, Chenzhou City, Hunan ProvinceTicket: RMB 80 yuan and 3 yuan (insurance), and 40 yuan park transit fare.Transport:1. Take public bus No. 32 or 18 to Tianlong Station in Chenzhou City. Transfer to the shuttle bus to the destination.2. It is 30km from Nation Road 107 in the west, 69 km from Jingguang Double Line, 64 km from Jingzhu High Way. Take National Road 107, go past Yizhang, Pingshi, Yiliu, and then turn off the National Road 107 at the 2032.3 km Crossway to Mangshan National Forest Park road.3. Take a nonstop bus from Chenzhou South Station at 9:30, 12:30 or 14:30.4. Take a bus from Tianlong Station in Chenzhou City to Yizhang County, and then take a nonstop bus at 7:30, 8:00, 11:00, 12:50 or 13:00.
HOT Hunan & Other regions
Shaoshan, one of the four major revolutionary memorial lands of China, has been well known in the world because of Mao Zedong, a great leader of China. With fascinating scenery, Shaoshan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is mainly composed of Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Shaofeng Peak, Dishui Cave, Qingxi and Heishizhai scenic areas.Former Residence of Mao ZedongThe Former Residence of Mao Zedong is one of the national AAAA scenic spots. The residence named Shangwuchang, is located in a valley which is well landscaped. The house that faces the south was built with adobe and grey tile- roofed. It is of a half-timbered structure, and used to be a normal farmer house in the south of China. In the front there are rice fields and pools, in the back there is a hill with diverse trees, on the left there is a vegetable field and on the right there are vegetable fields, rice fields and grain-sunning ground. It covers a land area of 566.39 square meters, with 20 rooms. The east part of the residence with 14 rooms belonged to Mao\\\'s family, whilst the west part with 5 rooms belonged to his neighbors, and the living room was shared by the two families. Mao Zedong was born here on Dec. 26, 1893. He spent his childhood and boyhood here. In the fall of 1910 he left this village for study. After he joined the revolution, Mao Zedong returned ShaoShan for 5 times, for the purpose of revolution, inspecting or visiting his villagers. In 1966 he came here for the last time and spent the time in Dishui Cave (Dripping Water Cave). This residence was destructed in 1929 by Kuomintang, after 1950 its original appearance was recovered. In April, 1961, this former residence was announced by the State Council as a Key National Historical Reservation Unit, and then in 1982 its name was changed to Former Residence from Original Residence. Now all the rooms have been renovated to be their original appearance and layouts: their bedrooms (Mao, his parents and his two brothers\\\'), the living room, kitchen and other rooms. The historical relics include: the furniture in Mao\\\'s bedroom and his parents\\\' bedroom (bed, wardrobe, desks, stool and chair), the jar and cupboard in the kitchen, stone grinder, man-driven irrigation tool and the harrow in the Farm Implements Room, the rice pestle and man-driven blower for rice in the Pestle Room.
HOT Changsha & Zhuzhou & Xiangtan
Feature: Qin People Terraced FieldTime: All the year roundTicket: 68 yuanPhone: 0738-8313881Opening Time: 8 a.m.Address: Xinhua County, Loudi, HunanAs one of the 8 new famous scenic spots in Hunan Province, Ziquejie Terraced Field is located in Shuiche of Xinhua County. 80,000 mu (5,333 hectare)terraced fields, rising one upon another at an elevation of 500 meters to 1,100 meters, are endowed with natural self-irrigation and endless spring water.Here you can appreciate the remains of ancient paddy culture and enjoy the primitive simplicity of slash-and-burn cultivation and wood-block houses.According to research, the Terraced Field which originated from Qin & Han Dynasty and developed in the Song Dynasty, has a long history of over 2,000 years and is the product of the nationalities (Miao,Yao,Tong and Han) working together as the remains of ancient paddy culture with fishing and hunting culture, reflecting the greatness of the ancient Meishan farming civilization. It is approved as a state-level scenic spot in 2005. And in 2006 it was included in the world culture and natural double heritage list.
HOT Hunan & Other regions
As the famous Chinese fresh water lake, second only to the Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province, the Dongting Lake spreads wide on an area of 1,300 square kilometers.According to geologists, the lake area used to be part of an ancient anticline in south of the Yangtze River, but fell in a rupture during the movement of the Mount Yangshan 70 million years ago and became a lake.Dongting Lake is composed of East Dongting, South Dongting and West Dongting. In ancient times, East Dongting Lake was a part of Yunmeng Pool. The East Dongting Lake Nature Reserve is one of China\\\'s 30 important wetlands in the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Every year, 217 species of migratory birds under state protection live through the winter here, such as white storks, white cranes, grey cranes and egrets. It will be a great fun if tourists take a boat tour in the lake, observe birds, listen to the waves, go fishing and taste delicious fish dishes in the nature reserve.The Sanjiangkou Estuary (the confluence of Xiangjiang River, Yanjiang River, Jingjiang River) is another tourist attraction in Dongting Lake, where the lake meets the Yangtze River. As the lake\\\'s water is clear while the water from the river is turbid, the clear-cut currents were called by the ancients as \\\"River Meeting\\\"-a fantastic sight rarely seen elsewhere.To expedite the transportation between Hunan and Hubei provinces, in recent years, the government has built Yueyang Bridge on the Dongting Lake-the longest highway bridge in China. Spanning over East Dongting Lake, the bridge is 10, 174.2 meters long, and is the first bridge with three main towers suspended with double-cable support in China. In addition to relieving traffic pressure, the bridge provides an express thoroughfare to facilitate emergent transportation of goods for floor control.Transport: Bus Nos. 5 and 20Tel :(+86)730-8635328
HOT Changde & Yueyang & Hengyang
Yuelu Academy, one of the four greatest academies in ancient China, is situated at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. Yuelu Academy began to run more than 1,000 years ago. It was operated by monks in its earlier period. In 976 AD, Zhu Dong, a prefect of Tanzhou(ancient name of Changsha), took over the administrative power and handed it to the Confucian scholars. Henceforth, for more than one thousand years, Yuelu Academy has been a divine spot for Confucianism education and a center of culture and literature. Yuelu Academy mainly comprises the Main Gate, the Lecture Hall, Lushan Temple Tablet, Yushu Library, Wenchang Pavilion, Six Gentleman Hall, Ten-sacrificial-vessels Hall, Grand Sunlight Platform, the Banxue Building, the Hexi Platform, etc. The words Yue Lu Shu Yuan (Yuelu Academy) on the horizontal board of the Main Gate were inscriptions of Zhenzong, an Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD). From then on, Yuelu Academy became well-known all around the country and students came to study in an endless stream. On the door posts of the gate are couplets which read Wei Chu You Cai, Yu Si Wei Sheng (the Kingdom of Chu, the unique home of talents; the Academy of Yuelu, the very cradle of all). This couplet originates from Chinese classics and it is very appropriate given the fact that talents have been brought up continuously by the Academy since its establishment. The Lecture Hall, also called a \\\"Hall of Loyalty, Filial Piety, Integraty and Chastity\\\", is a core building of the Academy. Located at the heart of the Academy, the Lecture Hall is the most important place for teaching and momentous ceremony. In the 6th year of Qiandao Reign (1168 A), Southern Song Dynasty, the famous idealist Zhang Shi and Zhu Xi made a joint lecture here, which was the first joint lecture in the Confucian academies of China. There are also many valuable culture relics of steles in the Lecture Hall. On the inner walls of the hall are engraved four big Chinese Characters- Zhong, Xiao, Lian, Jie (loyalty, piety, honesty and integrity) which were written by the great scholar Zhu Xi. Others such as \\\"Uniform and stand as a mark of respect\\\" written and set by one master of the Qing Dynasty, Ouyang Zhenghuan and the stele \\\"School Regulations\\\" written by master Wang Wenqing of Qing Dynasty are all the important historical materials for the study of the education in China\\\'s Confucian academies. They still have their own enlightening meaning to us nowadays. During a history of more than one thousand years, there have been countless talented students learning here. Especially in the late 19th century and 20th century, it witnessed a great number of patriotic thinkers, politicians, militarists, industrialists and diplomats. In 1903, the academy was converted into an advanced school and was officially renamed Hunan University in 1926. Today, Yuelu Academy, which has undergone restorations, has been listed as a key historical site under the state protection. It still shoulders the responsibility of conducting academic researches and training professionals. Transport: Bus Nos. 202, 913, 902, 305, Lishan special line, Tour line 1st. It takes just about 30 minutes ride to the railway station, and one hour to the airportAdmission (for reference): RMB 30 yuan/adultTel:(86)731-88822316Opening hours: 7:30 - 18:00 (May 1st- October 31st)8:00 - 17:30 (November 1st- April 30th)Source: Hunan Official Web Portal
HOT Changsha & Zhuzhou & Xiangtan
Shiyanping is situated in the southeast of Wangjiaping, Yongding District,Zhangjiajie. 68 kilometers away from Yongding urban area. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Shiyanping Tujia village stands in the middle on a flat ground.There lives more than 70 households. It was built between Qing Dynasty and the Period of Republic of China. The 70 some combined wooden Diaojiao houses look different with kinds of shapes, Special in local favor. It represents unique Tujia culture. It is the only well-protected Tujia Village in Hunan. In 2011, It was listed a provincial culture relic protection site.Translated by Zumi
HOT Yongding District
It is located at the foot of Tianzi mountain.Suoxi Valley Scenic Spot is named as “Ten-mile Gallery”,with looks like outdoor sculpture showroom .Along two sides of the river ,there display many great hills and cliffs.The Gallery offers an amazing experience of beauty.It is like an exhibition based in the gorge. Along the road are 200 peaks
HOT Wulingyuan District
Feng Huang is Chinese for Phoenix, the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. Feng Huang Cheng or Phoenix Town is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew over it and found the town so beautiful that they hovered there, reluctant to leave.The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. Upon entering the town the visitor will be impressed by its air of mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. This is a world that is dominated by the colour green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuo Jiang River reflects the greenery. The bridges over the water and unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is so often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. This is particularly true when mist pervades the scene in the early morning or after rain. It soon becomes apparent that the claim to being one of the two most beautiful towns in the whole of China is more than justified; the other town is Chang Ting in Fujian Province. Feng Huang Cheng is a wonderful example of what villages were like prior to the onset of modernization. Here dozens of alleys paved with flagstones run between the houses, each showing wear caused by the feet of generations of local people who have used them when going about their daily business. For the visitor, these alleys are the way to see the typical high gabled wooden houses built on stilts along the banks of the Tuo Jiang River at close quarters.Stretching diagonally from the northwest to southeast of the town, Tuo Jiang River is a life force of the local people. Here in its waters women wash their clothes and the men fish with their nets, while on the bank food is prepared in much the same way as it has for centuries. The river also provides a means for boatmen to support their families by ferrying tourists up and down stream so that they may admire the many splendours of the town.The Miao ethnic minority is predominantly settled here and a visit to a Miao village is a must when going to Feng Huang Cheng. The Miao women have a natural beauty that renders the use of cosmetics quite unnecessary. They love to dress in traditional blue garments set off with a white scarf. They love also their silver jewellery especially during festivals. Visitors will find a large array of hand made items of silver ornaments for sale in the local shops. Home made tie-dyes, printed and batik cloths are other local specialities that make wonderful souvenirs. The Miao are friendly and hospitable and like nothing more than to interact with visitors with a variety of traditional entertainments and activities. Food here also is different from that found elsewhere in China. Pickled red peppers are a particular local delicacy and their appetizing smell wafts from the many small family run restaurants..Feng Huang Cheng was home to the versatile writer Shen Congwen (1902-88) who contributed greatly to the development of modern Chinese literature. Venerated by the local residents, the one time home and the tomb of this famous writer have become tourist attractions.There are two other notable people from the town worthy of mention. The first is Xiong Xiling the famous philanthropist who was the first premier of the Republic of China (1921-49) following the fall of the Manchu. The other famous citizen is Huang Yongyu, an outstanding contemporary painter in the traditional Chinese style. His frescoes illustrating Buddhist stories in the Zhunti Nunnery are a major tourist attraction.. Feng Huang Cheng does not rely entirely upon natural beauty to attract the visitor for this ancient town with a history spanning 1300 years has a number of remarkable old gardens as well as distinctive residential buildings, elegant bridges and mysterious towers and pagodas. These architectural delights date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Those of special interest are the Wengchen Pavilion, Huang Si Qiao Castle, Tian Wang Temple, Da Cheng Hall, Chao Yang Palace, and the tomb of Shen Congwen and the residence of Xiong Xiling. Here too there are the North Gate and South Great Wall both excellent examples of municipal fortification.In many ways, life has not changed here for centuries and this is typified by the tough, hard working yet simple-hearted people. Feng Huang Cheng offers the visitor from both home and abroad a view of a quite different China from anything experienced in the modern cities and large conurbations that are more widely known. We are sure that the opportunity to travel in such a picturesque region will be remembered as an experience of a lifetime.
HOT Xiangxi & Fenghuang & Huaihua