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15 July 2015

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Places in Hunan to Escape Summer Heat

Hunan has many fantastic destinations where you can escape the summer heat. It has many lush mountains, dense forest, and breathtaking waterfalls. Its pleasant cool weather, good environment, and tourist-friendly facilities provide you with an incredible travel experience. Here are some places that will offer you plenty of coolness especially at the height of heat waves.

Dongjiang Lake

Features: limestone caving; whitewater rafting; culture-themed shopping street; lake cruises on gaily-painted pleasure boats and yachts
Location: Zixing City, Chenzhou City
Honors: National 5A-level Scenic Area, National Eco-tourism Demonstration Area, National Wetland Park, and National Water Conservancy Scenic Area
Opening hours: 8:00-16:00 for line A; 8:00-15:30 for line B (from May 1 to October 31)
             8:00-15:30 for line A; 8:30-14:30 for line B (from November 1 to April 30)
Ticket prices ranging from 80 yuan/person to 170 yuan/person
Service hotline: 4000-0735-86

Weishan Mountain 

Features: a 1,000-year-old temple, Shang-era historical sites, karst caves, reservoir, deep valleys, and luxuriant vegetation, and revolutionary pioneer former residences
Location: west of Ningxiang City, Changsha
Honors: National Scenic Area; National 4A-level Scenic Area; One of Hunan’s Eight Summer Resorts in 2019
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
Service hotline: 0731-8980011 

Mengdong River 


Features: a 17-km rafting route with rapids; waterfalls; Laosicheng Site (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site); 2,000-year-old Furong Town; and Tusi chieftain’s palace built in Song Dynasty; Miao and Tujia folk customs; and buildings on stilts
Location: Yongshun County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture
Honor: National 4A-level Scenic Area
Opening hours: 8:30-18:00
Service hotline: 0743-5854800
Ticket price: 228 yuan/person 

Dajing Scenic Area 

Features: ancient temple; lake; known as a national oxygen bar with 3,000 negative ion concentration per cubic meter; cable suspension bridge, and boating
Location: Lusong District, Zhuzhou
Honors: Provincial Scenic Area; National 3A-level Scenic Area
Opening hours: all day
Ticket price: 10 yuan/person
Service hotline: 0731-27460258 

Shehu Mountain 


Features: one of the 72 peaks of Hengshan Mountain; 80% of forest coverage rate; subtropics flora; Taoist temple; Qing-era ancient buildings; and, waterfalls
Location: southeast of Shaodong City, Shaoyang City
Honors: National Key Protected Cultural Relic Unit; Provincial Scenic Area
Opening hours: all day
Ticket price: free 

Longjiao Mountain 

Features: deep valleys; mist-shrouded peaks; lakes; waterfalls; ancient villages; thousand-year-old ginkgo trees; bamboo forests; ancient tea-horse roads; Yao culture birthplace; 98% forest coverage rate; rich traditional Chinese herbs; and, dense negative oxygen
Location: Linxiang City, Yueyang City
Honors: Hunan Provincial 4A-level Scenic Area, Hunan Provincial Eco-functional Protected Area, Hunan Provincial Wildlife Reserve, One of Hunan’s Eight Summer Resorts in 2019
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
Ticket price: free
Service hotline: 0730-3984001

South Dongting Lake 

Features: lakes and rivers; temples and towers; isles and islands; a rich wetland ecological system; numerous biological resources; traditional fishing, wetlands, farming, and shipping industry cultures; aquatics; and, popular science education
Location: Yuanjiang City, Yiyang City
Honors: International Wetland Natural Ecological Reserve, National Wetland and Waterfowl Nature Reserve, Hunan Provincial Nature Reserve 

Wuxi Lake 

Features: river tributaries and brooks; mountains and lakes; isles and islands; temple; ancient forest; Revolutionary Red culture
Location: Yuanling County, Huaihua City
Honors: National 3A-level Scenic Area, Hunan Provincial Scenic Area, Hunan Provincial Forest Park, Hunan Provincial Patriotism Education Base 

Fenghuang Scenic Area 

Features: mountains; karst caves; gorges; brooks and waterfalls; southern great walls; ancient stone fortresses; ancient academies; Miao culture; scientific exploration
Location: Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture
Honors: National Scenic Area
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
Ticket price: 148 yuan 

Luxi Yuanshui Scenic Area 

Features: Yuanshui River scenic belt; Pushi ancient town; karst caves; Chenhe Gaoqiang opera; and, ancient tombs
Location: Luxi County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture
Honor: Provincial Scenic Area
Opening hours: all day
Ticket price: free 

Cai Lun Hometown Scenic Area 

Features: Cai Lun residence; sea of bamboos; 25.06-meter natural fountain; 250-million-year-old fish fossils; and, crystal druses
Location: Leiyang City, Hengyang
Honors: National 4A-level Scenic Area; Provincial Scenic Area
Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Ticket price: 50 yuan/person for the Sea of Bamboos; 10 yuan/person for sightseeing bus
Service hotline: 0734-2816666

Taohua River Scenic Area 

Features: Taohua (peach blossom) Lake; 4,669-hectare bamboo forest; Fuqiu Mountian; Xiushan Mountain; Luoxi waterfall; and, Fenghuang Mountain
Location: Taojiang County, Yiyang
Honor: Provincial Scenic Area
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30
Ticket price: free
Service hotline: 0737-8213488, 0737-8213888 

Huangsang Scenic Area 

Features: sightseeing; rafting; folk customs; Miao villages; secondary forest; and, wild animals
Location: Suining County, Shaoyang
Honors: National 4A-level Scenic Area; National Nature Reserve; Provincial Scenic Area
Opening hours: all day
Service hotline: 0739-7540365

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Chinese source: Scenic Area Administration of the Hunan Provincial Forestry Department