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China Hengyang City:

Resident People:
6.97 million (urban population: 770,000)

General Information:
Hengyang, known as the "gateway to Hunan," is an important strategic point in southern Hunan. Located at the confluence of the Leishui, Zhengshui, and Xiangjiang rivers and at the Junction of the Beijing-Guangzhou and Xiangtan-Guilin railways, it is an entrepot both of land and water transportation in south Hunan.

Hengyang is located in the central and southern Hunan province, and middle reaches of Xiangjiang River, south of Mt. Hengshan.

Sufficient rainfall and sunlight; frequent flood and frost free period of 290 days.

Hengyang Economy:
It is the leading transportation center of Hunan, linking water, rail, and highway routes. Manufactures include chemicals, agricultural and mining equipment, textiles, paper, and processed foods. Lead, zinc, coal, and tin mines are nearby.

Yang in Chinese means south of a mountain. Hengyang got its name from the fact that it is located to the south of Hengshan Mountain. It was the most important transport pivot and political, economic and cultural center of southern Hunan.
Its former name was Hengzhou (Hengchow).

The transportation is very convenient in Hengyang city. A transportation network formed with the railway, highway, waterway and airway has been set up. The Jingjiu (Beijing to Jiulong HK.), Xianggui (Hunan to Guangxi) railway joined each other in the city, the highway and road spread all over the city. The Xiangjiang river and other anabrance such as Leishui river, Mishui river and Chunlin River made great waterway for the city. In the Hangyang Airport, the flight can reach Guangzhou directly, Hengyang city is the important transportation hinge of south China.

tea, oil plants, cotton

Chanqiao Chestnut, date, Qidong Pometo, bamboo and tea

Hengyang Attractive points:
Mt Hengshan
As one of the five sacred mountains in China, Mt Hengshan, different with Mt Hengshan in Shanxi Province, is esteemed as Nan Yue (South Mountain). The mountain range runs 150 km form Hengyang to Changsha, having a cluster of 72 peaks. The summit, Zhurong Feng, rises 1290 metres high and is the vantage to watch sunrise and sea of clouds. The mountain is a nice summer getaway and the only place in south China to watch snow in winter. Nan Yue Temple, lying at the foot of the mountain, is one of the best preserved temples in South China. Grand religious rituals are held annually in the middle of August.
Nanyue Grand Temple
Located on Beijie Street ofNanyue Town, it covers an area of more than 9,800 square meters. Imitating the style of the Forbidden City in Beijing, it is divided into nine rows. The Temple faces the south and its turrets stand tall. Clear brooks flow around the red walls. Eight Taoist temples are situated in the eastern part and eight Buddhist temples in the western part of the Temple, showing the connection between the two kinds of religions. The elaborate building, complete structures and careful layout are hard to find in other ancient buildings in China.
Zhu Rong Peak
The peak is 1,290 meters high, the tallest one in Nanyue district. It is named after a person Zhu Rong. On the top is the Zhu Rong Hall, the Nantiamnen (South Gate Heaven) and the WanRyuetai (Platform to watch the moon). Nearby are the Xianren Bridge, the Luohan Cave, the Sheshen Rock and the Huixian Bridge.
The Tomb of Emperor Yan
Emperor Yam is regarded as among the first ancestors of Chinese people. His tomb is in the Luyuanpo of Tangxiangtian, 15 km southwest of Yarding County, It is said that in remote antiquity, Emperor Yan (Shennongshi) went to the south to treat patients and unintentionally tasted some gelsemium elegans and died from it a short time later. He was buried in Luyuanpo. The present tomb was renovated in 1988. It has five rows of rooms, which are solemn and simple, but quite magnificent.
Stone Drum Hill (Shigushan)
This hill, standing outside the northern gate of Hengyang, is known as the "number one scenic attraction of Hunan." It got its name because there is a two-meter high huge rock shaped like a drum on its summit. The Stone Drum Hill Academy of Classical Learning, which was built here during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), was one of the four most famous classical schools in China at that time. On the northeast slope of the hill there is a cave called Chuling Cave, where many poets and tourists have left their writings on the stone walls.
Returning Geese Peak (Huiyanfeng)
This steep pinnacle, the highest of the seventy-two peaks of Mount Hengshan, known in ancient times as Nanyue Mountain, is covered with luxuriant trees and commands a bird's eye view of the city of Hengyang. It is said that whenever the south-bound geese from the north come to this place, they will look back and then stop flying to winter here-hence the name.
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