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  • Yiyang Bamboo Sea

    Yiyang Bamboo Sea

    Yiyang, as a famous \"home of rice and fish\" in the Dongting Lake area, is a major producer of food grains, cotton, oil-bearing crops, pigs and industrial crops. Its ramie accounts for one fourth of the world\'s production. It is also one of the ten major bamboo-growing areas in China. Its industrial products include ramie clothes, foodstuffs, cooking oil, bamboo sleeping mats, which have a good domestic and international market.The Bamboo Sea scenic area is located in the Taohuajiang National Forest Park, covering a total area of 761 hectares. It is the largest ecological scenic area with bamboos in south China, and has been considered as a must-see spot. The whole scenic area provides an opportunity for people to be close to the nature, and to forget noisy urban life.The whole bamboo sea area consists of numerous hills, generally with a height from 100 to 250 meters. The highest peak and the lowest altitude are respectively 335 meters and 37 meters.Green bamboos are seen along the road. Climbing to the red building at the top of the bamboo sea, you can overlook the whole area, appreciating the flowing wave of bamboos, and singing birds.The bamboo sea attracts numerous tourists from home and abroad every year. The former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao wrote his inscription \"Town of Phyllostachys Pubescens\" here.According to the development plan, Taohuajiang Bamboo Sea will build a demonstration base for ecological culture and tourism.Bamboo CultureIt\'s worth mentioning that bamboo has formed a typical culture in China since ancient times. The oldest archaeological findings of bamboo articles in China can be traced back to 7,000 years. Early in the Shang Dynasty in 11th century BC, Chinese people used bamboo for household articles and weapons, such as bows and arrows. Before paper was invented, bamboo slips were mainly used for writing.Today, bamboo is widely used for household articles like sleeping mats, beds, pillows, chopsticks, spoons, baskets, handheld fans even kinds of furniture. It is also used to make traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as flute Di, and Xiao. Besides, bamboo is also adopted in Chinese traditional medicine.Bamboo is viewed as a symbol of traditional Chinese values. Ancient Chinese people designated bamboo as one of the \"Four Gentlemen\" of plants, together with plum, orchid, and chrysanthemum. Bamboo\'s considerable resistance to stretching and its ability to support weight makes it a symbol of integrity, elegance and simplicity.
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  • Loudi Introduction

    Loudi Introduction

    Breathtaking terraced fields, splendid karst caves and mountains, cool local martial arts, profound Huxiang culture and delicious Xinhua food make Loudi a bright pearl in central Hunan.Located in central Hunan Province, Loudi is surrounded by mountains and water, these contributing to its picturesque landscape. Tourist attractions in Loudi include Dacheng Mountain, Boyue Cave Scenic Area, Meijiang River Scenic Area, Daxiong Mountain National Forest Park, and Longshan National Forest Park. In addition, the over 1000-year-old Ziquejie terraced fields in the high mountain display the strength and wisdom of Loudi’s past ancestral inhabitants. It has been listed as a national cultural heritage.These time-honored cultural sites can be seen as the cradle of the rich culture of Hunan and Meishan culture in Loudi. The three main tourist attractions-Meijiang River, Shuifu Temple and the former residence of Zeng Guofan-are quiet, secluded, yet tranquil and elegant. Today Loudi, known as the \"world’s antimony capital\", \"100-mile coal sea\" and \"10-mile Iron City\", is witnessing a rise of industrial tourism with its newfound commercial glamour.
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  • Loudi Meijiang River Scenic Area

    Loudi Meijiang River Scenic Area

    Located northwest of Lianyuan City, Meijiang River covers an area of 128 square kilometers. Home to 3 national geological relics and 20 provincial geological relics, Meijiang River National Geopark was approved as the only geopark of its kind in central Hunan in 2013. The scale, type and texture of karst rocks in the geopark are of nationwide and even worldwide importance.The Meijiang River Scenic Area has a hilly karst landform, and embraces 10 sub-areas, such as Immortal Village, Avalokitesvara Precipice, Sutra Cave, Immortal\'s Residence, and Incense Burner Mountain. Like a jade belt, the Meijiang River passes by these tourist attractions and links them with each other.The scenic spot enjoys convenient transportation and is equipped with comprehensive facilities to meet tourists’ needs for food, accommodation, recreation and shopping.The picturesque and spectacular scenery features unique karst lake, natural and amazing waterfalls and limpid creeks and rolling peaks, earning itself the title of being one of Dong’an’s Eight Views and an ideal for landscape painters.Opening hours: 8:00PM to 5PMAdmission: 75 yuan/adultTel:(86)738-4720366
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  • Loudi Meishan Cave

    Loudi Meishan Cave

    Feature: Karst CaveTime: All the year roundTicket: 80 yuanPhone: 0738-8313881Opening Time: 8 a.m.Address: Xinhua County, Loudi, HunanMeishan Cave, a subterranean limestone cave, is situated on the side of Zijiang River, which is rare in the world. Having the structure of several storeys in the cave with marvelous spectacles, it is proven to be 2,876 meters long, of which 1,896 meters long routes is open to the tourists with a unique underground river of 466 meters. In the cave, there are spectacular flowstones of surprising shapes and all kinds of stalactites, stalagmites and plane sections.  Professor Lu Cunyue from the National Tourism Administration expressed his surprise by acclaiming the cave as “the most beautiful geological garden in the world”. Now, the cave is renowned as one of the world\'s three largest caves.The landscape along the river is also unparalleled in China. Quasi-physical landscape includes Dragon Princess Washing Silk, Auspicious Kylin and Jade Tree, Dragon Kissing Crane, Confucius Preaching, Lotus-gate Half-opening, Great Minds Quizzing, Lotus Bridge Boating, Lotus Screen Drooping, Lofty Lotus Hall, Watery Lotus and Budding Golden Lotus.  Artistic landscape includes Greeting Guests, Amazing Caves, Mount Tai scenery, Dragon temple& Jade Tower, Dunhuang Frescoes, and Lotus Palace of Clear Water. Allusions landscape includes The Eight Fairies and The Mighty Naozha.
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  • Rafting in Xinhua

    Rafting in Xinhua

    Youxi River RaftingTel: 0738-3716229River rafting is one of most exciting adventure sports for adventure enthusiasts. Located at the middle range of Youxi River of Xinhua, Youxi River Rafting zone is about 12km in length with a fall of over 300 meters. There are 8 valleys, 36 puddles, 48 pools and 39 turns on the rafting course, along which are some beautiful spots like Greeting Warship, Double Arches, and Drinking Elephant. It takes about two and a half hours to enjoy the whole rafting course.Ziquejie River RaftingTel: 0738-3912789/3384958Situated at Fengjia Town, Ziquejie River Rafting is about 28km from another famous scenic spot “Ziquejie Rice Terrace”. The length of the Rafting is 6.8km and it takes 90 minutes to enjoy the whole course. Clear and cool water, exciting twists and turns and tree-lined riversides, all these provide tourists full enjoyment.
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  • Loudi Daxiong Mountain National Forest Park

    Loudi Daxiong Mountain National Forest Park

    Daxiong Mountain National Forest Park is located in the north of Xinhua, 62 kilometers away from the county seat. It covers an area of 8,100 hectares and the forest coverage rate is almost 93%.Its main peak “Jiulongchi” rises to a height of 1,622 meters, making it the highest peak in central Hunan. It grows more than 30 kinds of national protected fauna and flora like millennium ginkgo, clouded leopard and Chinese yew. Mountains, rivers, plants and temples together depict a fascinating three-dimensional painting. Daxiong Mountain is the hometown of Chi You, an ancient tribe head, who once fought with Emperor Huang and Emperor Yan. Statistically, the Park is the area with the largest volume of negative oxygen ions in Hunan.Ticket: 56 yuanTel: 0738-3782063
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  • Shaoyang Yunshan Mountain

    Shaoyang Yunshan Mountain

    Yunshan Mountain is a famous mountain in southwest of Hunan. Located about 7.5 kilometers away from the south of Wugang City, Yunshan Mountain is a scenic spot full of historic value, covered by forest.Wugang Yunshan Nature Reserve is known as provincial level nature reserve, which was approved and established by Hunan People’s Government in 1982. It was established as a national forest park by the Ministry of Forestry in 1992.Yunshan Mountain enjoys a long history and is noted as a Blessed Place in south Hunan. There are still 14 stone-built Buddhist pagodas, over 50 epigraphs and inscriptions and 3 cliff inscriptions and five-kilometer-long slabstone path in the mountain.Yunshan Mountain is famous for pure environment, clear water, luxuriant forest and fickle clouds. This is a land for worshipping Buddha, scientific research and leisure.
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  • Shaoyang Mount Huxing-Huayao Scenic Area

    Shaoyang Mount Huxing-Huayao Scenic Area

    The scenic area in Longhui County is one of the New Eight Grand Sights in Hunan Province. Main tourist attractions in this area are the ancient villages of the Yao ethnic group, the former residence of Weiyuan, Weiyuan Lake, Gaozhou Hot Springs, ancient town of Tantou and Mount Jiulong. New Year\'s pictures, fragrant powder paper and colored paper are known as local Three Marvels which have been put on the list of Chinese cultural heritage for salvation.Transport: Visitors can take a bus from Longhui County to get thereTel: (86)739-8891045
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