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China's Hunan Yueyang Tower

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The Yueyang Tower is an ancient architectural treasure on the shores of Dongting Lake in Yueyang City, Hunan Province. It is known as one of the four famous Chinese towers,. The other three are the Yellow Crane Tower in Hubei Province, the Penglai Pavilion in Shandong Province and the Tengwang Pavilion in Jiangxi Province.

The tower was first built around 220 during China's Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), when Lu Su, commander in chief of the forces of Wu, was sent to the area to fortify it and he trained the fleet there. The main tower bears a flying eave and helmet roof with wooden constructions in a unique style.

Standing on the tower, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Dongting Lake. [bbs.fengniao / by ttturbo]

Source: china.org.cn



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  • Yueyang Miluo River

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    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
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  • Yueyang Zhang Guying Village

    Yueyang Zhang Guying Village

    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
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  • Yueyang Xiangsi Mountain

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    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
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  • Amazing Dongting Lake

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    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
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