Yueyang was called Baling in ancient times, and is also known as Bazhou. It is located in the lower reaches of Xiangjiang River in the northeast of Hunan Province, at the estuary of Dongting Lake into the Yangtze River. Perhaps the most famous thing in Yueyang is the Yueyang Tower on the edge of Dongting Lake. Fan Zhongyan composed "Yueyang Tower Notes" in the Northern Song Dynasty and made it famous. In addition, there are scenic spots such as Junshan Island, Lingwu Mountain, Quzi Memorial, Tieshan Reservoir and Dayunshan National Forest Park. There are also revolutionary memorial sites such as the former site of the Pingjiang Uprising and the Ren Bishi Memorial Hall.
The Yueyang Tower is located in Yueyang City, Hunan Province. Near the shore of Dongting Lake, the Pavilion is one of the Three Great Towers of Jiangnan. It was made famous by the author Fan Zhongyan’s Memorial to Yueyang Tower. When you climb the tower, you will overlook the misty and watery expanse of Dongting Lake. If you are familiar with Fan's Memorial to Yueyang Tower, one of its famous lines may echo in your ears: “First be concerned with the worries of the world and then you can rejoice in its joys.” In addition to climbing the tower to gaze into the distance and reflect on ancient times, the architectural structure of the tower itself is also worth a look. The entire structure is built without a single metal nail or support beam, and the top of the tower is extremely unique.
Located where Hunan, Hubei, and Chongqing meet, the Glass Bridge Scenic Area of Shiniuzhai has historically been an important strategic area. In the late days of the Yuan dynasty, peasant leader Tang Kuang led troops here and built fortifications, later recorded by local histories as “Shiniuzhai.” Above Shiniuzhai are limitless views, and below it enticing scenery. It is a geological wonderland of strangely shaped rocks, peaks, and stone caves carved out by nature in so many different forms that the beauty cannot be taken in all at once.
Junshan is a small island in Dongting Lake—a lake which stretches over 400 kilometers. It is on the opposite side of the famous Yueyang Building. The island is shaded by lush greenery and has a large lakeside wetland. There are many places of interest on the island, such as Xiangfei's Tomb and the Two Ladies' Tombs. Xiangfei's Tomb is built to commemorate Xiangfei, and the Two Ladies' Tomb is built to commemorate the two concubines who are buried here.
Dongting Lake was formed from the remnants of Yunmeng Lake, which occupied the area in ancient times. This large, expansive lake has been the inspiration for many famous Chinese poems. It consists of four lakes - East, West, and South Dongting Lake and Datong Lake - and is surrounded by an extensive network of waterways. The mist on the horizon makes the lake and sky merge into one color.