Hengyang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 衡阳 (héng yang)
Area: 15,310 square kilometers (5,911 square miles)
Location: in the south of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 5 districts (Nan Yue, Yan Feng, Zhu Hui, Shi Gu, Zheng Xiang); 2 cities (Changning, Leiyang); 5 counties (Hengnan, Hengyang, Hengshan, Hengdong, Qidong)
Area Code: 0734
Zip Code: 421000
GDP (2018): CNY 304.6 billion (USD 46.03 billion)
An Ancient Cultural City Famous for Mt. Hengshan & Shigu Academy
Hengyang is also known as 'Wild Goose City' because flocks of wild geese flying south for the winter have been known to stop there to rest. Due to its advantageous location adjacent to Guangdong Province and near the Xiangjiang River, the city has been a major commercial center since ancient times. Hengyang boasts beautiful natural views and many historical sites. The Mt. Hengshan, Cailun Bamboo See and Jiangkou Bird Islet can be taken into consideration for a nature exploration in Hengyang. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the Shigu Academy, is one of the four well-known Chinese academies as well as a hot spot in Hengyang where tourists can not only enjoy the ancient buildings and but also enjoy old Chinese academic culture. As the second largest city in Hunan, Hengyang also enjoys the reputation of the hometown of nonferrous metals. There are more than 20 kinds of nonferrous metals with huge reserves such as lead, copper and tungsten.
North of Hengyang is the popular tourist area of 'Nan Yue (southern mountain)'. Its most prominent topographical feature is Mt. Hengshan. Mt. Hengshan is the southern mountain of China's Five Sacred Mountains and symbolizes the co-existence of Buddhism and Taoism. It is also known as 'Longevity Mountain' and is the core scenic spot in the region.
1. By air: Hengyang Nanyue Airport is located Yunji Town, Hengnan County. Flights to/from Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Xi'an, Sanya and Chongqing are available.
2. By train: Hengyang Railway Station, Hengyang East Railway Station and Hengshan West Railway Station are in service.
3. By bus: The major bus stations are Central Bus Station, Linghu Bus Station, Huaxin Bus Station, South Bus Station and Wangjiang Bus Station.
Highlights: Hengyang is the second largest city in Hunan with a population of over seven million. It is an agriculturally prosperous area with an abundance of seafood and rice. It is also very rich in natural resources including coal, zinc and lead. And it is one of the emerging industrial cities in China.
Tour Information: Hiking Adventure
There are some great attractions, such as Mt. Hengshan, Human Culture Landscape and Shigu Academy.