Standing on Yueyang Tower, gazing at picturesque Dongting Lake, visiting ancient architectural cluster in Zhang Guying Village, sailing and picking lotus seeds at Tuanhu Lake, and celebrating dragon boat racing festival in Miluo city, you are welcome to Yueyang.Situated in the northeast of Hunan Province, Yueyang has been famous in China for the picturesque Dongting Lake and gorgeous Yueyang Tower since ancient times.A Bright Pearl Beside the Dongting LakeDongting Lake, which is so vast and mighty that it seems boundless, is like a fancy satin belt encircling the ancient city of Yueyang. In Yueyang Tower, Fan Zhongyan, an outstanding official in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), sighed and said: “Be the first to worry about the affairs of the nation and the last to enjoy oneself.\\\\\\\" The tower stands on the ancient city, and looks down at Dongting Lake covered by mist and fog. In the long process of history, Yueyang Tower has attracted numerous literati, where they composed poems and appreciated the fascinating scenery, making the tower a cultural landmark of the city. The Yueyang Tower stands on the west gate of the Yueyang city wall, looking down at the Dongting Lake, facing the Junshan Island in the distance, and linking the Yangtze River to the north and the Xiangjiang River to the south. Standing on the tower, one can gaze at the distant view of the mists and ripples of the Dongting Lake, with boats sailing on the vast lake.The City of Dragon BoatYueyang, also known as the City of Dragon Boat, where Miluo River runs through, is the cradle of dragon boat culture. The event was originated from a piece of Chinese history; which says that on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar in 278 BC, Qu Yuan, the patriotic poet, drowned himself in the Miluo River. In order to commemorate him, Yueyang held 10 consecutive international dragon boat races in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, the Yueyang International Dragon Boat Festival has been held every year, and these days, more than 100 teams from all over the world participate in the competitions.A Land of Milk and HoneyWith beautiful scenery, pleasant climate, fertile lands and rich products, Yueyang is reputed as the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey.
Yueyang Miluo River (Miluo Jiang)Area: YueyangKey Words:Yueyang Miluo River (Miluo Jiang)Themes:holiday, culture, folk customs, natural scenerySuitable for: lovers, students, tour palsIntroductionMemory of the Miluo RiverMi-(mì) LUO Jiang-Xiangbei in the Xiangjiang River is the largest tributary in Hunan Province. Mi-water upstream has two sources: derived from the East Xiushui County of Jiangxi Province; west expenditures in the northeast of Hunan Pingjiang Xian Long-Zhang Shan, two tributaries of Pingjiang Xian in the west concourse, the westward into the Miluo City, Lei Rock Hill into Dongting Lake . Miluo River totals a length of 253 km, a basin area of 5,543 square kilometers. Miluo River originates in Xiushui County, Jiangxi Province, and the west flows through the Pingjiang Xian, Miluo City (Mi-water and LUO Jiang-in the county in the concourse), into the Xiangjiang River to Xiangyin County. The trunk stream is 253 km long, the basin area 5,543 sq. miles, the largest tributary in the Xiangjiang River range in Xiangbei.Miluo River has main tributaries such as paper Ma River, the cars on the River, Tung Chung River, and papaya River. Luo water originated from Aupui Township,Yueyang County,southwest flow to Miluo City, with a length of 88 km and the valley area of 595 square kilometers. Chang also known as Mei Xianshui rivers,with a length of 84 km and the valley area of 670 square kilometers.Miluo River is famous for the prominent Qu Yuan. Qu was a Chinese scholar and minister to the King from the southern Chu during the Warring States Period. His works are mostly found in an anthology of poetry known as Chu Ci. His death is traditionally commemorated on the occasion of the Duanwu Festival (端午节/端午節), which is commonly known in English as the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth (fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese calendar).In 278 BC, learning of the capture of his country\\\'s capital, Ying, by General Bai Qi of the state of Qin, Qu Yuan is said to have written the lengthy poem of lamentation called \\\"Lament for Ying\\\" and later to have waded into the Miluo river in today\\\'s Hunan Province holding a great rock in order to commit ritual suicide as a form of protest against the corruption of the era.Qu Yuan is regarded as the first author of verse in China to have his name associated to his work, since prior to that time, poetic works were not attributed to any specific authors. He is considered to have initiated the so-called sao style of verse, which is named after his work Li Sao, in which he abandoned the classic four-character verses used in poems of Shi Jing and adopted verses with varying lengths. This resulted in poems with more rhythm and latitude in expression. Qu Yuan is also regarded as one of the most prominent figures of Romanticism in Chinese classical literature, and his masterpieces influenced some of the greatest Romanticist poets in Tang Dynasty such as Li Bai.Other than his literary influence, Qu Yuan is also held as the earliest patriot in China\\\'s history. His social idealism and unbending patriotism have served as the model for Chinese intellectuals to this day, particularly following the establishment of new China in 1949. For example, in the 1950s China issued a postage stamp bearing the \\\"likeness\\\" of Qu Yuan.Address: west of Dongting Lake, YueyangTickets: 20 yuanOpening timeFolk customes : Dragon boat races
Area: YueyangKey Words:Zhang Guying VillageThemes:cultural relics , historical sitesSuitable for: family, students, the elderlyIntroductionThe newly discovered Zhang Guying Village is an ancient architectural cluster built over 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is located at the foot of Bijia Mountain in the mountainous Weidong area east of Yueyang County and is 73 kilometers (about 45 miles) from the downtown area of Yueyang City. Enjoying the fame as the \\\'Folk Imperial Palace\\\' and \\\'First Village under the Sun\\\', Zhang Guying Village covers an area of 50,000 square meters (about 12 acres) featuring carved pictures on surface of the building, a zigzag laneway and the occult dooryard. The architectural style imparts an air of mystery.Address: at the foot of Bijia Mountain in the mountainous Weidong area east of Yueyang County and 73 kilometers (about 45 miles) from the downtown area of Yueyang CityTickets: 39 YuanOpening hours: 8:00 -18:00
Situated at Pingjiang County, Yueyang, Hunan, the Shiniu Village National Geo-park is the biggest among all the newly-discovered Danxia landform in China. The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. Shiniu village scenic area lies at the cross of Hunan, Sichuan and Jiangxi Province, which is 65 kilometers away from Changsha.It has a height of 523 meters and stretches over 10 square kilometers. Because there stands a huge stone that resembles a yellow cow to the west in the area, the place is also called Shiniuzhai (In Chinese, Shi means stone; niu means cow; zhai means stockade). In 2011, the geo-park was authorized as a national geo-park.It is a representative park renowned for five kilometers precipice and 50 kilometers Danxia landform and an old stockaded village which is about a thousand year old. The geo-park owns beautiful and charming sights. It is a world made up of strange stones, unusual mountains and stone caves, different in thousands of ways, fantastic and breath-taking. With a rugged and steep geographical position, some people would call Shiniu Village as the “little Mount Hua” - Mount Hua is a very famous scenic spot in Shannxi, China. Besides, it is tinted with mystery with light red tops and dark brown cliffs.
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
It situated at Pingjiang county, Yueyang, Hunan, the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park is the biggest among all the newly-discovered Danxia landform in China–The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. Shiniuzhai scenic area lies at the cross of Hunan, Sichuan and Jiangxi Province, with 65 kilometers away from Changsha.It has a height of 523 meters and stretches over 10 square kilometers. Because there stands a huge stone that resembles a yellow cow to the west in the area, the place was called Shiniuzhai(In Chinese, Shi means ston;niu means cow;zhai means stockade). In 2011, the geo-park was authorized as a national geo-park.It is a representative park renowned for five kilometers precipice and 50 kilometers Danxia landform and an old stockaded village with about a thousand year. The geo-park owns beautiful and charming sights. It is a world made up of by strange stones, unusual mounts and stone caves, different in thousands of ways, fantastic and breath-taking. With a rugged and steep geographical position, some people would call Shiniuzhai as “little Mount Hua” — Mount Hua is a very famous scenic spot in Shandong, China. Besides, it was tinted with mystery with light red tops and dark brown cliffs.By Emma
In China, Xiangsi is meant by a feeling of yearning between relatives, friends and lovers. The name of Xiangsi mountain is originated from a beautiful legend of Liu Bang（the first emperor in Han Dynasty) visiting Zhang Liang( a great strategist and politician in Han Dynasty). Situated at the eastwest of Yueyang County, it borders on Tongcheng, Hubei, stretching over 10 kilometers. The average sea level of Xiangsi Mountain is above 700m, among which its main peak, Xiangsi peak is 957.2m. The Xiangsi peak has a average temperature of 15℃, which is a terrific place to spend a summer holiday as well.The tourist area is made up of by the love culture ecological tourist valley, Xiangsi cliff, Xiangsi peak, Tianhu temple and Xiangsi village. Invested by the Shenzhen Wangshiming Science and Technology Ltd with 500 million RMB, it opened business on May 1, 2004. The goal of the developer is to turn the tourist resorts to a world famous love culture resort.Speaking of Xiangsi Mountain’s geographic position, it is very convenient and favorable. It lies at the junction of the 107 national road, the Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway, the Beijing-Guangzhou Expressway and the golden waterway of Yangtze River. Besides, it is only 79 kilometers away from Yueyang downtown. It also only takes 2 hours to Changsha Huanghua airport.Under the foot of the Xiangsi Mountain, there stands a Xiangsi Bay Rose Park, which is a terrific place to spend a summer holiday. Based on the abundant natural and cultural sights and at the subject of yearning, the park shows domestic and foreign love poems and essays inscribed on stones against the beautiful valleys.By Emma
Yueyang Junshan Island was once called Xiangshan, Dongtingshan in ancient times. It covers an area of about 0.96 square kilometers, facing famous Yueyang Tower far away. Being seated in eastern Dongting Lake, Junshan consists of 72 mountains in total. Tao Book lists Junshan as the eleventh blessed place. In 2007, Junshan successfully became an AAAAA rated scenic spot.Junshan possesses abundant cultural deposits and long history. Over 4000 years ago, it has already becomes well-known. Scholars of different epochs write poems and articles focusing on its features.The humanistic background of Junshan is extensive and profound. The first temple of regions located in the south of Yangtze River–Xiangfei ancestral temple, Fengshan imprint of the First Emperor of Qin, Inscriptions carved stone and so on are scattered here.At all seasons, Junshan has different beautiful natural landscape. In spring, visitors can enjoy particular flowers. In summer, white silver plate can be seen. In autumn, viewing colorful leaves in woods is a good choice. In winter, migratory birds in Dongting Lake will bring people to experience another kind of beauty.Translated by Becky
Located in northern Hunan Province, Dongting Lake is the second largest fresh water lake in China, which is usually praised as \\\\\\\"the picturesque Dongting Lake with 400 kilometer span.\\\\\\\" The lakeside Yueyang Tower is one of the four famous Chinese towers.There is an island located right in the lake named Junshan where, or so legend has it, two wives of the ancient Shun Di Emperor, Ehuang and Nuying, died to become goddesses of the Xiangjiang River after searching thousands of miles for their husband.The vast lake, the famous tower, the mysterious island and the legend, all these have made the lake a popular site throughout the decades.Source:china.org.cn
Landscape spots: Baling landscape (including Yueyang Tower, Junshan Island, Memorial Temple of Qu Yuan and Zhang Guying Folk Custom Village) For More Yueyang,formerly knowns as Baling or Yuezhou, is a historic and cultural city with a long history of more than 2,500 years. Located at the northeast of Hunan Province, neighboring Jiangxi Province in the east and Hubei Province in the north, Yueyang was a hinterland of military importance during the past dynasties. Nowadays, renowned for so many historic interests, Yueyang is ranked as one of the China\\\'s Top Tourism Destination Cities.Yueyang\\\'s real charm rests with human cultural relics as well as the natural landscape.Yueyang City\\\'s attractions includies Yueyang Tower, Junshan Isle, Memorial Temple of Qu Yuan and Zhang Guying Folk Custom Village. AttractionsYueyang Tower(Yueyang Lou) Located on the west city wall, the Yueyang Tower is one of three famous towers in South China, the other two being the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuchang and the Prince Teng Pavillion in Nanching. The predecessor of Yueyang Tower was a structure built during the Three Kingdoms period (220 -280 AD) for reviewing military parades. In the fifth year of Emperor Qingli\\\'s reign of the Song Dynasty (716), it was rebuilt, and famous Song Dynasty essay writer Fan Zhongyan(范仲淹) wrote his famous essay \\\"Notes on Yueyang Tower\\\", which was considered matchless in literary beauty and profound thought. Yueyang Tower stands close to Dongting Lake, facing Junshan Isle with the city behind. The main tower, 19 meters high, is a three-story structure supported by four pillars and made of pure wood and upturned eaves. Especially noteworthy is the tower top which resembles a helmet used by warriors in ancient times, a real rarity in the history of ancient Chinese architecture. The structure is a unique combination of artistic tastes, mechanics, architecture, and craftsmanship. The Tower affords a spectacular view of Dongting Lake. Name:Yueyang Yueyang Tower(Yueyang Lou)City:YueyangAddress: on the west city wallAdmission:CNY 46 for adults & CNY 25 for kidsHours:8:00-16:00 Tel:0086-730-8311676 Junshan Isle Junshan Isle is the most famous island in Dongting Lake. It consists of 72 hilllocks, covering an area of 0.96 km2 and rising only 55 meters above sea level. There are many scenic spots and places of historic interest, and many touching fairy tales are told about the island. As the old saying goes, \\\"the water in the Dongting Lake and Junshan in it are viewed as green from the distance. The island resembles a green snail in a silvery plate.\\\" This line was used by ancient people to describe the beautiful scenery of Junshan. The islet, small enough, used to be crowned with as many as 36 pavilions and 48 temples, which were mostly in ruins at the time of liberation. Since the park was established in 1979, many historic sites have been renovated.The Tomb of TWO Concubines is enveloped in a moving story. Legend has it that the two beauties buried here were daughters of Emperor Yao, a mighty trial leader at the end of the primitive society. When Shun succeeded their father, they were married to him as imperial concubines. Unfortunately, Shun died a sudden death when he went the rounds in present-day Ningyuan County of Hunan. The two concubines heard of his death and were heart-broken. At last, they died of grif. To commemorate them, people built the tomb in the east of islet and renovated it dozens of times. Name:Yueyang Junshan Isle (Junshan Dao)City:Junshan county in Yueyang cityAdmission: CNY 60Transport: No.15 sightseeing bus goes from Yueyang Railway Station to the Junshan Scenic Area for 40 minutes & 5 yuanTel: (86)730-8159311Memorial Temple of Qu Yuan Memorial Temple of Qu Yuan is a tourist attraction especially sacred to literary men .It was built on a hill by the Miluo River in memory of Qu Yuan(340BC-278BC), a great patriotic poet and upright stateman of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period(475BC-221BC) .He was exiled late in his life to present-day Miluo. Though in disfavor, he was especially concerned about the fate of his mother-land and had his patriotic feelings crystallized in his collections of poems. At the news of the subjugation of his mother-land by the state of Qin, he was plunged into grief and despair, and, clasping a big stone in his arms, he drowned himself in the Miluo River.The temple is on the Yusishan Mountain in Miluo of Yueyang. Covering an area of 7.8 acres on top of a woody hill by the Miluo River, dates back to 1756. It was surrounded by a grey brick wall and shadowed by old phoenix trees. The front gate is guarded by eight stone divine lions, and the archway is decorated with sixteen painting the life of Qu Yuan here. The main hall is a large structure of wood and brick with a single- eaved roof that covered with yellow glazed tiles. Poetry and proses grieving the death of Qu Yuan are inscribed on the four stone walls. In the front hall is a huge wooden board inscribed with The Biography of Qu Yuan by Sima Qian. Name: Memorial Temple of Qu Yuan(Quzi Ci)City:Miluo in Yueyang cityAdmission: CNY 15Transport: From Yueyang city by train to the Miluo railway station or by coach direct to Miluo city then take a bus to reach Memorial Temple of QuYuan directly. Zhang Guying Folk Custom Village Zhang Guying Folk Custom Village is located in Yueyang. This is a group of building connected by a big family. With the expanding of the family, the whole building was expanded too. The group building is still in good conditions despite being through so many years. Its sewing system is very advanced which gains the interest from many architects. Name:Yueyang Zhang Guying Folk Custom Village (Zhang Guying Cun)City:YueyangAddress: Yueyang county in Yueyang cityAdmission: CNY60Hours: 8:00-18:00Tel:0086-730-8311676Transport:Every day there is a bus to Zhang Guying Village in eastern bus station of Changsha, its departure time is at 1:50 pm, full fare 20 yuan.Transportation from Changsha to YueyangIn Yueyang, tourists need no worries in regard to transportation. Tourists can reach Changsha Huanghua International Airport which is only 130 kilometers (80.78 miles) from Yueyang and takes about one hour\\\'s ride on the high-speed motorway to Yueyang. The high-speed motorway system for road transportation has been long established in Yueyang and radiates in all directions. Transportation by water is also convenient in Yueyang because Yueyang is the only port in Hunan Province which is beside the Yangtze River.