The history of Huayang Ancient Town dates back to the Warring States Period (475–221 BCE). It was an important military and economic hub. The old town has over 300 well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings, including official residences, guest houses, and pawnshops. Visitors can also see the ruins of the old city wall as well as a tower and theater that date from the Song and Yuan dynasties. It is one of only a few mountainside towns with a rich history.