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About Yueyang

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.

4-5 Days

tower, lake, wildlife, boating

Best Time of Year:

May. - Oct.

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 Lake

Dongting 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 Boat

Yueyang, 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 Honey

With beautiful scenery, pleasant climate, fertile lands and rich products, Yueyang is reputed as the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey.


Yueyang Tower

One of the three greatest towers in China, Yueyang Tower leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of China.

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Dongting Lake

It will be a great fun if you take a boat tour in the lake, observe birds, listen to the waves, go fishing and taste delicious fish dishes in the nature reserve.

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Junshan Island

Wide lawns are punctuated by white classical structures in pure traditional styles, brilliant on a sunny day. Undulating rises across the island are carpeted with tea bushes, and the very air carries the fragrance of the celebrated tea grown there.

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Shiniu Village National Geopark

It is a world made up of strange stones, unusual mountains and stone caves, different in thousands of ways, fantastic and breath-taking.

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Zhang Guying Village

Enjoying the fame as the 'Folk Imperial Palace' and 'First Village under the Sun', Zhang Guying Village features carved pictures on surface of the building, a zigzag laneway and the occult dooryard. The architectural style imparts an air of mystery.

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Miluo River

Miluo River is worthy of a visit because it is the place where the Chinese poet Qu Yuan was drown and the international dragon boat race is held.

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Baling Fishing Banquet

With fish from Dongting Lake as the raw material, the banquet consists of more than 20 fish dishes.

Zhang Guying Oily Bean Curd

Made of soy beans produced by Zhang Guying Village, camellia oil from Weidong Township, and water from Longxian Well, it looks golden in color, soft and amaze in taste.

Junshan Silver Needle Tea

Reputed as “champion of yellow tea”, it has a wonderful bouquet, which shows repeated scenting, and produces a liquor that is truly delicious.

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