Shaoyang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 邵阳 (shào yáng)
Area: 20,824 square kilometers (8,040.19 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Shaungqing, Daxiang, Beita); 7 counties (Shaodong, Shaoyang, Xinshao, Longhui Dongkou, Suining, Xinning); 1 autonomous county (Chengbu Miao); 1 county-level city (Wugang)
Area Code: 0739
Zip Code: 422000
GDP (2018): CNY 178.27 billion (USD 26.94 billion)
Famous for Typical Danxia-Forest Landform
Located in the southwest of Hunan Province, Shaoyang has the highest population and second largest land area among the cities in the province. It is adjacent to Hengyang to the east, Yongzhou and Guilin of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the south, Huaihua to the west and Loudi to the north. Since ancient times, Shaoyang has been a major transportation and commercial port center, and many cultural sites have been excavated in the territory. In the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1912), Shaoyang was not easy to be invaded as the city was surrounded by Zijiang and equipped with numerous fortresses and the surrounding terrains were complex, leaving a name of Iron Shaoyang. In addition, Shaoyang possesses many natural scenic spots including geo parks and natural reserves. Mt. Langshan is well-known for the typical Danxia landscape.
Shaoyang Attractions - Things to Do
Mt. Langshan: Located in Xinning County, Langshan is a national geopark. In this large resort, there are lots of attractions, being a best place to see the Danxia Landscape. Three limestone caves and formative forest attracts many people to come. It also has a rockcraft training center.
|Admission Fee||Type A: CNY 186 (including five scenic areas, Bajiaozhai, Tianyi Lane, Chili Peak, Zixia Cave and Fuyi River Raft Ride) |
Type B: CNY 136 (including four scenic areas above excluding Fuyi River Raft Ride)
Type C: CNY 120 for Fuyi River Raft Ride
|Transportation||Take regular bus from Shaoyang South Bus Station to Xinning West Bus Station, and then take No.2 public bus or minivans from there to Beidamen. There you can buy the entrance ticket for Mt. Langshan and take bus to each scenic area.|
Huangsang Nature Reserve: Famous for the antique environment and flourishing vegetation, the reserve in Suining County is a good place to explore the natural beauty, with many beautiful types of scenery can be captured.
How to Get to Shaoyang
Shaoyang Railway Station is in the east of Shuangqing District. Everyday, there are four trains heading here from Changsha. In addition, Guangzhou, Shanghai (South) has trains to the area. Many other trains pass the area to or from Naning, Nanjing, Qingdao, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Zhaoqing, Zhanjiang and Guilin. In the city proper, bus 1, 5, 7, 18 and 28 run to the railway station.
There are three main bus stations:
East Bus Station on Shaoshi Road
Bus Routes: 1, 8, 10, 15, 18, 28, 36, 38
South Bus Station on Minzhouxi Road
Bus Routes: 7, 17, 18, 25, 26, 33, 35, 36, 38, 42
West Bus Station in Shaolinxi Road
Bus Routes: 10, 28, 38
How to Get to Shaoyang from Changsha
When to Go: Summer and Autumn are better seasons to pay a visit, especially from August to October.
Shaoyang Travel Tips
History: The area was called Baoqing in history. The earliest city was established here 2,500 year ago, during the late Spring and Autumn Period. Among the total thirty-six administrative areas in the Qin Dynasty, it was governed by Changsha and belonged to Lingling in Eastern Han Dynasty. During the Three Kingdoms Period, Lingling was divided into northern and southern parts and Shaoyang was just the heart of north region.
Physical Features: Shaoyang lies in the transition area from hilly area to plateau. Branches of Naling Mountains and Xufeng Mountain stand in its south, west and north. Hills and basins are distributed in the central and eastern parts of the city. Generally, the terrain declines from the southwest to the northeast. It also has large forests, ranking one of the major four forest zones of Hunan.
Local Features: There are many ethnic minorities here, which is a large group made up of nearly 400,000 people. Flower Drum Opera is a famous folk art in Hunan. Local people also prefer this. In addition, the place also has its own styles of art, blend with instruments, songs, performances and ballads. It teems with orange and now a new industrial city of the region.
I am from Singapore now in Xinning Hunan, wishing to visit Shaoyang for the first time starting from 13 February.
Can someone please tell me which hotel is best to stay in and what can I do?
Today Inns is a nice choice. The price is about CNY 150 to 200 per night. It's located at No.208, Hongqi Road. Hope you like.
About the attractions, Mt. Langshan and Huangsang Nature Reserve are must sees.
Have a nice journey!
Just got an offer to teach Electrical Engineering at Shaoyang University (the employment is through BIEI -Beijing International Education Institute). anyone familiar with Shaoyang University, or BIEI?. any advice on what to expect? i've seen some bad reviews online about Shaoyang University and the city itself. any opinions?
Thanks in advance
There are lots of delicious food you can have a taste. Also as I know, people there are very friendly.
How was your experience with the company (BIEI) and the university in China?