Hunan Province

Hunan Province

Hunan province has been named after its geographical location. The name Hunan means ‘south of the lake’ and the province extends southwards from the vast Dongting Lake. From Zhangjiajie to Langshan, Hunan is blessed with world-class natural heritage. It’s also home to historical cities, cultural relics, colourful folklore and beautiful scenery, including Dongting Lake, Dongjiang Lake and Hengshan Mountain.

Zhangjiajie
The natural landscapes of Wulingyuan in Zhangjiajie are breathtaking and have won the area impressive accolades and made it a UNESCO World Heritage site and Global Geopark.


Zhangjiajie

Langshan Mountain
Located in the Xinning county of Shaoyang, Langshan is a large area of the rare and distinctively red danxia peak-forest topography (danxia are landforms made of red glutinite and are characterised by red clastic rocks and cliffs.) It’s believed that the deified Emperor Shun spoke highly of this mountain and gave it the name lang, which emphasises its superiority.


Langshan Mountain

Emperor Yan's Mausoleum and Emperor Shun's Mausoleum
Shennong Emperor Yan, the legendary primogenitor of all Chinese people, is buried in Yanling county in Zhuzhou. Hunan also holds the tomb of Emperor Shun, who ruled more than 4,000 years ago and became one of the greatest influences on Chinese ethics. He once lived in Hunan and is buried in Ningyuan county in Yongzhou. Every year a large memorial ceremony is held to honour these important ancestors.


Emperor Yan's Mausoleum and Emperor Shun's Mausoleum

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