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Yuelu Mountain and Orange Island, Changsha

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Yuelu Mountain and Orange Island, Changsha

(岳麓山·橘子洲旅游区 yuè lù shān jú zi zhōu lyǔ yóu qū)

The name Yuelu Mountain comes from a famous line in the book Story of Nanyue written by Liu Song of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589). [Photo/IC]

Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, is an extension of the mysterious Mount Hengshan range. Yuelu Mountain covers a total area of 8 square kilometers with its highest peak 297 meters above the sea level. The location contains many peaks with luxurious tree cover and reclusive and precipitous mountain streams. Apart from the beautiful natural scenery, Yuelu Mountain is also dotted with lots of famous places and ancient relics dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), such as Aiwan Pavilion, Lushan Temple, Wangxiang Pavilion, Lushan Temple Stele of Li Yong (678-747) in the Tang Dynasty, and the Monument to Emperor Yu carved in the Song Dynasty (1127-1279), among others. Under the evergreen pines and cypresses, also lie the tomb of the Chinese revolutionary leader and politician Huang Xing (1874-1916),which is under the state protection, and the tombs of Cai E and Chen Tianhua, who were both outstanding revolutionists.

Famous for its unique red maples in autumn and pleasant scenery all year round, Yuelu Mountain is a popular destination for tourists from home and abroad.

Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA

Ideal Sightseeing Season: Spring, autumn and winter

Opening Hours: 8:00 -- 18:00 (April 1 to Oct 31)

8:30 -- 17:30 (Nov 1 to March 31)

Ticket Price:

» Yuelu Mountain: Free

» Yuelu Academy: 50 yuan ($7.21), and students with a registered student ID card are 25 yuan.

» Sightseeing buses: 20 yuan

» Cableway: 50 yuan for a round trip

Address: Yuelu Mountain and Orange Island Scenic Spot, Changsha city, Hunan province



1. Yuelu Academy, sightseeing buses and the cable-way are free for teachers, students and parents of freshmen students in Hunan University.

2. The summer here is hot and prepare accordingly. Late November and early December are the best times to enjoy the sight of red maples.

The Aiwan Pavilion, built in 1792 on Yuelu Mountain, was the subject of many famous ancient poems and also a favorite spot of Chairman Mao Zedong. The original name of the pavilion was Hongye Pavilion and the present name is derived from the poem Strolling in the Mountain written by Du Mu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). [Photo/IC]
A statue of Chairman Mao Zedong, a Hunan native, was erected on Orange Island in the city. [Photo/IC]

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