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Taohuayuan (the Peach Blossom Land) Scenic Area

Taohuayuan, also known as “the Peach Blossom Land”, is a fairyland and a historical site which the Chinese famous poet Tao Yuanming in ancient Eastern Jin Dynasty described in his prose "Tao Hua Yuan Ji (The Peach Colony)” over 1,600 years ago. The beauty of its pastoral scenery, greatness of temple pavilions, abundance of the stone inscriptions with poetic prose and the peculiarity of its historical legend, has made it well-known all over the world.

Witnessed the Seclusion culture to the world, Taohuayuan represents a dimension of Chinese history and culture, and has a very high tourism, historical value and cultural artistic value, which flickers the light of human civilization.

Founded in Jin dynasty, Taohuayuan had reached its peak in the Song dynasty. It is one of the China's four major Taoist sacred places, sharing the same reputation with Emei, Wudang and Nanyue. From time immemorial, it has had the reputation of the thirty-fifth dwelling of immortals and the forty-sixth blessed spots, harmonized the culture of Nuo, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and other multi-cultural.

Taohuayuan, a national AAAA scenic spot, is located in the southwest of Taoyuan County, 23km away from Changde City, Hunan Province. Taohuayuan covers a total area of 157.55 square kilometers, of which the core scenic area is 8.12 square kilometers. It is composed of four scenic areas, i.e. myths hometown Taoxian Ling (the Peach Immortal Ridge), Taoist Holy Land Taoyuan Hill, Peach Hill, and Qin village, including nearly 100 scenic spots.

The Peach Hill and the Qin village are the center of the Taohuayuan Scenic Area. There are more than 70 tourists attractions, such as the Peach Hill Archway, the Peach Blossom stream, peach forest, Qionglin Bridge, chrysanthemum garden, Square Bamboo Pavilion, Yuxian Bridge (Immortal Encounter Bridge), Shuiyuan Pavilion (the Pavilion of riverhead), Qinrengu Cave (the ancient cave of people in Qin dynasty), Yanzhi Hall and Jixian Temple. With water at the front and a hill at the back, the scenic area has a dense growth of evergreen trees and peach blossom trees and formed a “retreat away from the vulgar world”. Coming when the peaches in full blossom, travelers can appreciate the trees of flourishing flowers everywhere crowding like the peach blossom cloud. Red alternating with white, some flowers are coceine as rouge, while others are white as jade.

Extending from the area is the extraordinary landscape where the grandeur of Mount Wuling, the quiet cave and valleys, the rolling water of Dongting Lake and the grace of mountains and rivers in Hunan are well-blended, presenting people with the fascinating Peach Blossom Land. Moreover, there is one of the Eight Grand Sights in Hunan Province, known as “Fishing Village at Sunset ” among the scenic area together with the landscape of Yuan River, the historical ruins of Cailing Castle during the period of Warring States and Xinde Mountain, etc.

Taohuayuan, with the remarkable historical sites and breathtaking pastoral scenery, was the wonderland with which people enchanted in former days and an ideal paradise for people free from the meaningless worries of city life today. 

Admission fee: ( November to February ) RMB 65 / ( March to October ) RMB 75
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Traffic:
You can take bus at the Changde South Station to Taoyuan North Station (an hour journey/ ticket price RMB 6.5) and then transfer the bus to Taohuayuan (half an hour/ ticket price RMB 3).
Tel: (86)736-6822491   6823100
Travel Tips: The peach blossoms come into bloom in late March every year, so the best time to visit Taohuayuan is during the Peach Blossom Watching Festival.

Taohuayuan Peach Blossom Watching Festival
Time:
March 28 to April 28
Taohuayuan took on the meaning of Utopia for hermit's place because of Tao Yuanming’s extraordinary prose. Since then thousands of scholars and celebrities of all dynasties went to visit the place and every year the Peach Blossom Watching Festival is held here with a huge social gathering. Peach trees are everywhere in the scenic area and blossoms come into bloom in late March to late April every year. It is just like a picture of rural scenery and a land of peace, away from the turmoil and chaos of the world.

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