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15 July 2015

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Traveling the Ancient Tea-horse Road

Traveling from Changsha to Yiyang by the Changsha-Yiyang Expressway, tourists can go to Zhishan Lake for golf, then visit the Bamboo Sea Scenic Area in Taohuajiang Scenic Area, where green and straight bamboo, variously called moso bamboo, tortoise-shell bamboo, or maozhu [Phyllostachysedulis],cover more than 700,000 hectares, forming a rolling sea of bamboo. You may ascend the bamboo tower to appreciate this sea of bamboo and refresh yourself. Then visit the ancient Anhua Tea-horse Road to sample black tea made from hundreds of years old prescriptions. Sightsee at Anhua Tuoxi Reservoir and sample the organically grown fish.


Zishan Lake Ecological Area in Yiyang City

Zishan Lake Ecological Area in Yiyang City includes Hunan Zishan Lake International Golf Club, Yiyang Olmpic Park and Zishan Lake Park Theme Park.
Hunan Zishan Lake International Golf Club


As one of a few golf courses located in the city proper in China, Hunan Zishan Lake International Golf Club is situated in the Zishan Lake Ecological Area and is about one km from the municipal government. With a total area of 1.6 million sq m, the golf course consists of a clubhouse, a driving range, a gym, a five-star hotel, and a fascinating environment with flowers blooming and birds singing all the year round.

Address:Western side of Zishan Lake

Tel: (86)737-2668888


 Bamboo Sea 


Yiyang, as a famous "home of rice and fish" in the Dongting Lake area, is a major producer of food grains, cotton, oil-bearing crops, pigs and industrial crops. Its ramie accounts for one fourth of the world's production. It is also one of the ten major bamboo-growing areas in China. Its industrial products include ramie clothes, foodstuffs, cooking oil, bamboo sleeping mats, which have a good domestic and international market.

The Bamboo Sea scenic area is located in the Taohuajiang National Forest Park, covering a total area of 761 hectares. It is the largest ecological scenic area with bamboos in south China, and has been considered as a must-see spot. The whole scenic area provides an opportunity for people to be close to the nature, and to forget noisy urban life.


The whole bamboo sea area consists of numerous hills, generally with a height from 100 to 250 meters. The highest peak and the lowest altitude are respectively 335 meters and 37 meters.

Green bamboos are seen along the road. Climbing to the red building at the top of the bamboo sea, you can overlook the whole area, appreciating the flowing wave of bamboos, and singing birds.

The bamboo sea attracts numerous tourists from home and abroad every year. The former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao wrote his inscription “Town of Phyllostachys Pubescens” here.

According to the development plan, Taohuajiang Bamboo Sea will build a demonstration base for ecological culture and tourism.


Bamboo Culture 

It’s worth mentioning that bamboo has formed a typical culture in China since ancient times. The oldest archaeological findings of bamboo articles in China can be traced back to 7,000 years. Early in the Shang Dynasty in 11th century BC, Chinese people used bamboo for household articles and weapons, such as bows and arrows. Before paper was invented, bamboo slips were mainly used for writing.

Today, bamboo is widely used for household articles like sleeping mats, beds, pillows, chopsticks, spoons, baskets, handheld fans even kinds of furniture. It is also used to make traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as flute Di, and Xiao. Besides, bamboo is also adopted in Chinese traditional medicine.

Bamboo is viewed as a symbol of traditional Chinese values. Ancient Chinese people designated bamboo as one of the “Four Gentlemen” of plants, together with plum, orchid, and chrysanthemum. Bamboo’s considerable resistance to stretching and its ability to support weight makes it a symbol of integrity, elegance and simplicity.


Taohuajiang Forest Park

Located about 30 kms from the county of Taohuajiang, the undulating mountains embrace the Taohua Lake and cover an area of over 467 hectare or so. The main tourist attractions in the park include a large memorial archway with an inscriptiontao hua sheng jing (wonderful scenery of peach blossom), the dam of Taohua Reservoir, and a bamboo sea covering an area of 4670 hectares or so in Mount Hongshan, which is considered a marvel in China. 


Anhua Ancient Tea-horse Road Scenic Spot 


The Ancient Tea-horse Road, located in Anhua County of Yiyang City, is about 150 kilometers away from Yiyang downtown area. This ancient commercial passage has long been dubbed as the last caravan road and the best-preserved remnant of ancient tea-horse road in south China. Today, although the Tea-horse Road is no longer active as a trade route, it still keeps primitive folk custom alive, with abundance of unique natural scenery far away from the bustling city.

Besides its picturesque location, the scenic spot has also been highly appreciated for its cultural and historic value. Visitors can not only experience the joy of horse riding, but also trace the cultural relics of the caravan. Surrounded with verdant trees, clear water, high mountains and deep valleys, the scenic area is characterized by mightiness, uniqueness and elegance.

The places of historic interest, workshops, classic exhibition hall, religious buildings, folk customs and resorts make tourists want to stay longer. The scenic spot is equipped with tourist service center, sightseeing bus, direct drinking water, natural gas, broadband network, satellite television, floodlighting and automated parking lot. Favorable accommodation facilities are also offered here in characteristic guest rooms, diversified resort hotels, high-level business clubs and theme culture hotels.