Hengyang Attractions - Things to Do
Also known as the 'Eight Wonders' of Nan Yue, the 'Eight Marvels' of Mt. Hengshan are a must see in Hengyang for visitors. One can marvel at the height of Zhurong Peak; the grace of Cangjing (Sutra Collection) Hall; the majesty of Nan Yue Temple which is the biggest palatial architectural complex in southern China; the antiquity of Dayu Stele; the meditative feel of Fangguang Temple which is the oldest temple on Mt. Hengshan; the steepness of Huixian Bridge; the quietness of Mojing Platform and the magic of Water Curtain Cave.
Mt. Hengshan is a holy land of Buddhism and Taoism. It should rank the 1st among things to do in Hengyang. In addition to the aforementioned Nan Yue Temple, Nantai, Fuyang and Shangfeng Temples are quite well-known. Additionally Zhusheng Temple located in Nan Yue ancient town and Qingliang Temple near Hengshan City are worth visiting. In addition, many other scenic spots can be found in Mt. Hengshan such as Banshan Pavilion; Magu Wonderland; GaoTai Temple; the Martyry and the Jingang (solid-based) Dagoba.
Other Sceneries in Hengyang City
Comparable to the Nan Yue Eight Wonders, 'Hengyang Eight Scenes' have been enjoyed by local citizens since ancient times. Yanfeng Yanyu (surrounded by clouds and mist, it can be viewed at the Huiyan Peak); Shigu Jiangshan (mountainous scenery can be viewed in the northern part of Hengyang City); Zhuling Dongnei (the hidden cave can be found beside Shi Gu mountain); Huayao Chunxi (brook scenery can be viewed in Yueping Park south of Hengyang City); Yueping Xueling (snowy scenery ca be viewed at Yueping Mountain in the winter); Qingcao Qiaotou (many inns can be found near Qing Cao Bridge beside Shi Gu Mountain); Dongzhou Taolang (peach blossoms bloom in the spring at the center of Xiangjiang River) and Xihu Bailian (white lotus flowers can be found on the west side of the city in the summer).
Human Culture Landscape
Landmarks in Hengyang include the Former Residence of Marshal Luo Ronghuan in the eastern part; in the west once can find the Jie Brand Porcelain Mud-producing Area. The site of Hengyang Old Town located in Qidong County is famous for unearthing Han Brick while Leiyang Old Town, the hometown of Cai Lun, is famous for producing Han White Marble.