The site in Chexi Township in the west of Lixian County is the oldest and best preserved site of a city with the richest cultural relics in China. There are sites of the city moat and an altar. Some plots of rice field under the city wall, dating back to 6,500 years ago, are the earliest and best-preserved rice plots so far found in China. They prove that the Yangtze River Valley is also a cradle of the Chinese civilization.
50 kilometers southwest of Changde City, not far away from Taohuayuan Scenic Area is Huayanxi National Forest Park, in which mountains are covered with nearly 700 hectares of primeval mixed forests. In the north of the park is Wuxi Lake and in the South is Longfeng Lake. From March to September every year, thousands of egrets come to this place, presenting a fascinating sight.Transport: Take a bus from Changde to Dingcheng District Stadium and and with a transfer you can get to the park.Tel: (86)736-7490018Admission (For reference): RMB20yuan /adult
Changde Poem Wall is a 3-kilometer-long anti-flood dyke alongside the Yuanjiang River, which is engraved with poems, calligraphy and painting. Thus, it is listed as the longest wall with engraved arts in Guinness Book of World Record.There are art works from many famous Chinese artists and outstanding figures like Mao Zedong, Qi Baishi and so on.The Poem Wall is a large-scale cultural project with distinct artistic characteristics.Facing the river, the Wall is grand and imposing with the embellishment of towers. A total of 1,267 poems about Changde or noted poems at home or abroad have been selected and engraved on the wall. They fall into six chapters, Changes in Changde over Centuries, Celebrities’ Inscriptions on Changde, Beautiful Natural Scenery in Changde, Outstanding Natives and Local Customs, Big Events of China, and Great Poems from Other Countries.They are written in regular script, running hand, official script, seal character and cursive script in Chinese calligraphy by 948 calligraphers from mainland China, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, with 43 stone-wall carvings embedded.The name of the Wall and the titles of chapters are inscribed by well-known modern calligraphers, Zhao Puchu, Shen Peng, Qi Gong, Yan Jialong, Sun Qifeng, Wang Xuezhong, Xiao Xian, Zhang Ding, Zang Kejia, Fang Yi and Chen Tianran. The late artists Cao Yu, Shu Tong and Wu Zuoren have also left their mark there.With rich cultural meaning, positive ideological content and exquisite art, Changde Poem Wall draws visitors throughout the country. It is considered by the modern circles of poetry, calligraphy and painting to be unique in these fields and unique in China. It is regarded by Yu Guangzhong, a noted scholar from Taiwan, as “a Great Wall in the Poetry World”, and “a History Book of Literature”.
Whether you would like to enjoy the flourishing peach blossom in spring or to experience the splendid cultural atmosphere, Changde has it.Changde is located in the northwest of Hunan, with the Dongting Lake on its east, and bordering on Hubei province on the north, Hunan Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture on the west and Yiyang city on the south.It is a key city in the west of the vast alluvial plain around the Dongting Lake. Its output of grain, cotton and oil ranks first in Hunan, making it a major base for the production of such commodities in the whole country. Its production of fish, pigs, oranges, tabacco and sugarcane also holds an important position in the province.The most famous scenic spot in Changde is Taohuayuan (Peach Blossom Valley). It is a well known scenic area with lush woods and tranquil environment, which was depicted vividly by TaoYuanming (365AD-427AD), a great poet in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. In his prose \\\\\\\"Peach Colony\\\\\\\", Tao described a fairy valley with enchanting natural scenery where people lived a simple and peaceful life.Changde is also the birthplace of the eminent writer Ding Ling. With its unique culture and beautiful scenery, it attracted numerous great men of letters, such as Qu Yuan, Tao Yuanming, Fan Zhongyan, Wang Changling and Liu Yuxi, who toured or stayed here and wrote a large number of masterpieces in praise of this land.Whether you would like to enjoy the beautiful peach blossom all over the mountains and plains in Spring or to experience the splendid culture and humanity atmosphere, Changde has it.
Located in the southern part of Changde City, Huayan stream has convenient traffic. Over there, you can see traveling highway with concrete pavement.Huayan stream is originally Huayan stream tree farm in Dingcheng district, Changde City. The mountains in Huayan stream tourist holiday zone belong to Xuefeng Mountain. Famous Peach Garden is in the other side of the hills.There are less than four thousand residents in Huayan stream scenic spot. The area of mountain forest is more than 40 thousand mu. In the broad forest, 80 families’ cedars, catalpas and pines can be found, including 17 rare plants, such as taxus mairei and black bamboo. Hundreds of wild animals and precious medicinal materials are also seen there, such as leopards, pangolins, tu-chong and so on.Translated by Becky
Jiashan National Forest Park locates at the southeast of the Shimen County 8 kilometers away. Since the mountain is between two peaks to the east and west and has a passway to the south and north, it was named as Mount Jiashan.With green mountains, lush trees, fresh air, elegant quiet environment and long cultural history, Jiashan National Forest Park was rated as China 3A scenic area.Based on natural forest resources, it has cultural history, giving expression to the holy place of Buddhism and simple original local customs. You can go on tour on horse, by boat. Besides, you are able to watch fish and fishing. You are also accessible to observe Buddhist things, trail King Chuang (Leader of a peasant uprising in the late Ming Dynasty.), enjoy martial arts, appreciate antiques and go on a meditation. In addition, you can look down from the peak, take a walk in forest and enjoy plants and take in the fresh air. The tour guide will introduce the rich connotation and tell a wonderful legend to you, making you enjoy yourself in fairy-like wonderland, lingering on without any thought of leaving.Traffic: A minibus passenger car across the county passing in every 10 minutesTicket price: 35 RMB per personOpen time: 8:00-18:00By Zumi
Changde is usually acknowledged by people as a city of gourmet like rice noodle and spicy food. Still, there exists rare natural sight view as well. Today, I will take you to appreciate amazing rocks in Baaroque Rock Ditch.Baaroque Rock Ditch, located in Xianchi Mountain near Huayan Stream scenic zone in Changde, is as long as five to six miles. Spring out from rock gap and underwater merging into a verdurous stream flows along ditch sometimes with sound of tricklet and sometimes with ding-dong sound. In Baaroque Rock Ditch, another rare view in Huayan Stream scenic zone, is a amazing land where scatters various strange and interesting rocks. Some rocks look like elephant’s nose (Trunk Rock), some like huge frog (Frog Rock), some like Leopard’s head (Leopard Rock), some like lover leaning against each other (Lover’s Rock), some like golden pheasant arrogantly standing straight (Golden Pheasant Rock) and so on. Walking into Baaroque Rock Ditch is just like into a natural park of rare rocks.Baaroque Rock Ditch, a land which people will marvel at the splendid art of natural sculpture, will definitely light your imagination.By Patricia
Sweltering summer is around the corner, how and where to relieve yourself after whole days’ work without paying. This summer will be different for people who have experience in the White Horse Lake Cultural Park, which is located in Changde city, north of Hunan province. Covering a total area of 625 mu (1MU=667 Square Meters), the White Horse Lake Cultural Park is crowned as a green heart of Changde city. It combines functions of collective leisure, sightseeing, city culture display, fit and fun into one. Urban Planning Exhibition Center,Mass Art Exhibition Centerand Urban Construction Archives Centerare the three exhibition centers in White Horse Lake Cultural Park.Most impressing scenery is the musical fountain. Every night from 19:30 to 21:30, the musical fountain always attracts groups of passengers. Approximately speaking, the water spout can reach 150 meter high. In hot summers days, to have relax and fun in this “green heart” will be comfortable and relieving.By Aileen
Shimen Longwang Cave is located in Wangyangqiao Village, Baiyang Town of Shimen County. In fact, it is a peculiar big karst cave in the northern part of Wuling Mountain, lying in the same recreational route as Wulingyuan. The North-south Longwang Cave has a long history of about 0.6 billion years and a overall length of 10 miles. Over there, water flows through the whole cave. In total, more than 60 scenic spots are seen, sceneries by steps, treasures in every where. Favorable climate (warm in winter and cool in summer) makes Longwang Cave a wonderful resort.The constructing project of Longwang Cavewas begun in March, 1987. From the New Year’s Day in 1988,Longwang Cavewas open to the public. In the north of Longwang Cave, Xianren Cave and Xiannv Cave are still waiting for exploiting.Translated by Becky
Changde Shimen Jiashan Temple or Linquan Monastery is located in the southeastern part,15km away from Shimen County, Hunan Province.It was built in AD 870 and renovated there times under the order of emperors of Emperor Yizong of Tang Dynasty, Emperor Shenzong of Song Dynasty and Kublai Khan. According to experts of Zen Tea Association of China, Jiashan is the authentic source of tea ceremony and Zen tea.Changde Shimen Jiashan Temple had nine halls and one palace in its heyday. And owing to turmoil of wars, it has only six halls and one palace left after being repaired nowadays. It is said that at the late Ming and early Qing Dynasty, Li zicheng of Shun Dynasty had secluded in the Jiashan Temple for 30 years.By Brenda