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15 July 2015

Humanities & Landscape

Jiuyi Culture-Yongzhou

 
Linking Hunan Province with coastal cities in South China, Yongzhou is famous for many sites of historic and cultural interest. These include Mount Jiuyi where Emperor Shun died during his southern trip;Liuzhi Temple built in memory of the distinguished writer Liu Zhongyuan (773 AD-819AD) of the Tang Dynasty, and the Wuxi Park where hundreds of stone carvings have been left by many celebrities from history.
  
Moreover, the unique landscape and fantastic culture make Yongzhou a wonderful place to visit in Hunan Province. Mount Jiuyi, Mount Emperor Shun and Mount Yangming have amazing scenery. The King Pan Hall is a holy place for the Yao people to make sacrifices to their ancestors. The ancient battlefield in Qianjia Cave exhibits the Yao people's unconquerable spirit. Female scripts in Jiangyong County, a unique writing system only learned and used by local women, show the diversity of human culture. All of these splendid scenes and rich cultures attract tourists from home and abroad to enjoy an unforgettable experience here.
 
Shundi Mausoleum 
 
Located in the northwestern part of Dong'an County, Mount Emperor Shun National Forest Park was once called Jinfeng Mountain and later it acquired its present name from Emperor Shun who died during a hunting trip here. The park covers an area of 14553.6 hectares with forest coverage of 91.8 percent. In this park, the beautiful mountains, elegant lakes, amazing stones and vast forests constitute beautiful scenery. Also it is called "the gene bank" for various plants and wild animals and "a natural oxygen bar". Therefore the park is praised as paradise on earth and it is an attractive destination for tourists to be close to nature.
  
Wuxi Stele Forest
 
Located in the Southwest of Qiyang County, this stele forest is a state AAA scenic area. As the largest one in the open air in the southern area of the Yangtze River, it is a State Preservation Unit of Key Historical Relics. In 2005 it was listed in the Top Ten Cultural Relics in Hunan Province. At present there are a total of 505 steles preserved, on which many famous celebrities' poems, paintings or proses are carved. The most famous one is Ode to Zhongxing from Tang Dynasty written by Yan Zhenqing, an outstanding calligrapher of the Tang Dynasty. The stele is unique for its bewitching calligraphy, remarkable writing and extraordinary stone. All in all, the stele forest is a storehouse of Chinese history, calligraphy, characters and literature, and well worth a visit.
 
Nvshu (Women's Script) Garden
 
In order to protect Nvshu culture, local government built the Nvshu Garden in Puwei Village. It is an important research base promoting and researching Nvshu works and also a good platform to demonstrate the charm of Nvshu culture. There are one major building and four halls in the backyard of Nvshu Garden. The major building is the classroom of Nvshu School. The four halls include functional building and needlework building in the left and Nvshu handicraft Exhibition Hall and Nvshu painting and calligraphy exhibition hall in the right. Those calligraphy, pictures and video briefly demonstrate the academic achievement and local customs.