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Get to know Dongting Lake

Dongting Lake is located in the north of Hunan Province, south of the Yangtze River Yangtze River tour. It is the fourth biggest lake and the second biggest freshwater lake in China. With an area of 2,820 million square meters, Dongting Lake is immense and circuitous. It has different sceneries all the year round, and sceneries change all the time in a day. Yueyang Tower sits closely by Dongting Lake. Standing on Yueyang Tower, you can have a panoramic view of beautiful sceneries around Dongting Lake.

Dongting Lake was originated from the period of Spring and Autumn and Warring States (770-221 B.C.), and it got the name because of Dongting Mountain (Junshan Island nowadays). Dongting Lake was once the biggest freshwater lake in China, and its area was reduced to 2,820 million ? from 6,000 million square meters in Qing Dynasty. It was surpassed by Poyang Lake in 1950s. Dongting Lake is important lake basin with the functions of water reservoir and floodwater storing. It is divided into East, West and South Dongting Lakes because of sediment accumulation. 

Yueyang Tower sits closely by Dongting Lake China vacation deals. It is one of the famous three Towers in south of China. Yueyang Tower was first built in 220 B.C. and named as Baling City Gate Tower, and then the name was changed as Yueyang Tower in Tang Dynasty (618-907A.D.). It was said that it worked as the “Wappenschaw Tower” in Three Kingdoms Period (220-280 B.C.). There are many famous poems to describe the Yueyang Tower and beautiful Dongting Lake, and the famous one is Yueyang Tower Record written by Fan Zhongyan in Northern Song Dynasty (989-1052 A.D.). Yueyang Tower is the only ancient tower that preserves the original face in the famous three Towers in south of China, and it has an incomparable art value.
Junshan Island

Its old name was Dongting Mountain, and it was said that it was the dwelling for Gods. It is an solitary island in the Dongting Lake with an area of no more than one million square meters. Visiting Junshan Island by ferryboat on Dongting Lake is a pleasant enjoyment. Dongting Lake is famous for many species of bamboos like mottled bamboo, Bambusa ventricosa, Chimonobambusa quadrangularis, black bamboo and mao bamboo and so on.
Dragon Saliva Well

Junshan Island What & Where to buy in China shapes like a dragon reclining on Dongting Lake. There are two peaks resembling palate and lower jaw of a dragon, and a small peak in the mid is like “dragon’s tongue”. A well under “dragon’s tongue” is always pure and not dry all year, which is like Saliva dropping from “dragon’s tongue”.
Liuyi Well

Liuyi Well is unfathomable. It is located at the root segment of “dragon’s tongue”. It has another name Orange Well. It was said that there was an orange tree standing aside the well in Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.).
Lishi Village

It is located on the Chishan Island between South and West Dongting Lake. It is the longest island of 30 kilometers in Dongting Lake, and its width is four kilometers. It is surrounded by water, and it is like a huge emerald embedded on Dongting Lake.
Dongting specialties

Dongting Lake is plenty of fishes and rice. It is rich of fishes, and whitebait is the most famous. There is a famous fish feast named Baling Fish Feast that is made of 12 to 20 kinds of fishes from Dongting Lake.
Yueyang Fans

Yueyang paper fan is transparent, and it has small framework and thin paper. Feather fan is made of feathers from wild goose around Dongting Lake. Now Yueyang Fans have various kinds of 250.
Dongting Tea

It has a history of 1400 years, and is one of the ten famous teas in China. It is famed for its shape, color, sweet smell, and good taste.

Others specialties are Chuanshan writing brush, Hunan lotus, orange and ramie and so on.

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Get to know Motherwort and Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven China vacation deals was built in 1420. In it, motherwort used to be exclusively planted. Before the foundation of Republic of China, there are several stores nearby Temple of Heaven selling the motherwort-made healthcare cream, but late were removed out.

There was a story about Temple of Heaven China travel service. Before the construction of Temple of Temple, the place was a large farmland and several farmer families lived nearby. There was a peasant household with surname Zhang. The old house-master died for a long time and only an old lady stilled lived there. This old lady only had a daughter at the age of 17. They led a poor life. Because of missing the dead husband and worrying about lack of manpower to mange the farmland, after a long time, the old lady get sick and became more and more serious. Her girl was quite upset. She invited a lot of doctors and bought plenty of herbal medicines, but both were useless. The daughter decided to search for the effective medicine in mountains after all corns on farmland were brought back this autumn.

In her childhood, her parents told her many valuable herbs and medicine in the Valley of North Mountain and all serious diseases can be cured as long as the seekers overcame the problems on the way. Miss Zhang kept in mind eternally. She said to her mother of her decision to look for effective medicine. Her mother could not set her heart at rest and said:”you are a little girl and how can you walk such a long way?” Miss Zhang posed to relaxation and answered:”Mom, do not worry, I would be careful.” She requested the neighbor to look after her mother for her. And she departed for his venture.

Actually, Miss Zhang was quite anxious. She did not know where the north mountain Public China Holidays was. Se thought that the north mountain certainly was in north and walking toward north was right. She walked a day and saw a mountain, and went on for three days, but she still did not arrive in North Mountain. But Miss Zhang got closer to North Mountain. Miss Zhang also met a problem that she did not know which pass accessed to mountain and she was in hesitation. Suddenly, a senior man in goatee appeared and told Miss Zhang”Miss, you are just a little girl, but why do you come here?”. Miss Zhang told him the reason and asked the old man:”Grandpa is there effective medicines in this mountain? ”. The old answered:”yes, there is”. Miss Zhang also asked:”Grandpa, do you know how to enter this mountain? ”. The old man smiled and sung a song, in which the way was told. She partially understood what he sung. She fellow the guide of the old man and arrived at a hill top. And a beautiful lake was located at the center of the hill. When Miss Zhang was in a daze, suddenly somebody called her. She turned around and saw two little lovely girls walked to her. One wore a snow-white clothes and the other wore straw-yellow clothes.

After they stopped, the girl in white-snow clothes smiled and said:”sister, why are you in a daze? This is the place called Heaven on Earth.”. Miss Zhang was amazed and asked:”Sisters, do you have effective medicine? ”. The girl in straw-yellow clothes said:”sister, we have known because the old man has told us. We have a bag of effective medicine, you take it back and boil it into the solid ointment, and serve it to your mother. You mother will be cured quickly”. The girl with snow-white clothes also said:”there is also the seed of the effective medicine in bag, and in future, the patients catch the same disease as your mother got will be easily cured”. Miss Zhang was grateful and thanked again and again. Not far Miss Zhang left; she turned around and saw the real shapes of two girls: a white parrot and a spotted deer, both of who were flying and running towards west.

It is really as effective as two girls said. After Miss Zhang’s mother ate the medicine, she cured soon. Miss Zhang and neighbors were fairly happy. Miss Zhang following the suggestion of two girls scattered the seeds of effective medicines into the soil and harvested a lot each year. The women in village caught the diseases could be cured after ate such medicine. But this herb was unnamed. The villagers said:” this kind-hearted girl brought it back for curing her mother, so we name it Motherwort”. Since then, motherwort was spread.

After a long time, Beijing travel to Shanghai became the capital, and the place where used to be planted with motherwort was the site of a newly-built building called Temple of Heaven. But the vacant area was filled with motherwort. The emperor was angry and ordered the understrappers to pull up all motherwort. A minister told this emperor:”Your majesty, it is not the wild grass but Dragon-Beard Vegetable. You are a Dragon! If clear away all, it will mean 
that emperor can not wear beard”. The emperor thought for a second and agreed to keep the motherwort in Temple of Heaven. From then on, the bud of motherwort has been named Dragon-Beard Vegetable or Long Xu Cai.

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What is Huaminglou

Huaminglou is located in northeast border of Wangcheng County, southeast of Ningxiang County boundary, Hunan Province last minute China travel deals. It is 30 kilometers east from Changsha.
General introduction

Huaminglou covers an area of more than 670,000 square meters with the total floor space of 35,000 square meters. The main scenic spots are Liu Shaoqi's Former Residence, Memorial Hall, Bronze Statue Square, Exhibition Hall, etc.
With a height of 100 feet, Huaming Tower is five-storey. It’s an ancient style tower and decorated by kinds of flowers with good implied meanings, something like plum, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and lotus.

Huaming Park opened in year 2003, occupying more than 130,000 square meters.
Well-known for what

Huaminglou last minute China travel deals is famous because it's the hometown of Liu Shaoqi - one of the great leaders in Chinese revolution. The former residence was severely damaged. In 1980, it was entirely restored. On November 24, 1988, Huaminglou was finally set.

Liu Shaoqi was born in a common typical peasant family in Huaminglou, Nov.24, 1898. Huaminglou is a courtyard house with civil structure. There is a pool in front of it, trees surrounding. It has more than 30 thatch-grass houses in all, besides living rooms, numbers of them are harness-rooms, pigsties, warming-houses, and also reading room for children to study.
Memorial Museum

n honor of Liu Shaoqi, there is a Memorial Museum 500 meters from Liu Shaoqi's former residence. It displayed more than 800 cultural relics and materials, including part of Liu Shaoqi's books and daily things.
Bronze Statue

Liu Shaoqi’s Bronze Statue Square covers over eight thousand square meters with a 7.1 meters high statue of himself. It was donated by Chinese National General Labor Union. Famous sculptor Liu Kaiqu and Cheng Yunxian sculptured it.
Airplane Doyle

Here, we can also find Airplane Doyle -18-240 (a turbine spiral medium range airliner imported from former Soviet Union in 1959) once taken by Liu Shaoqi. With a 36.9 meters’ fuselage, 37.4 meters’ wingspan, this is the specified airplane for leaders. Liu Shaoqi had participated in many important activities on foreign affairs taking this one, such as visit of Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam. Since this plane is the true one, so it has high historical value. No doubt, it is a precious cultural heritage. The plane is preserved completely and opened to public on Nov.24, 2003.

Composing of main pavilion China Photo Tour, two courtyards and one small square, the name of Accomplishment Pavilion comes from one of Liu Shaoqi's works Accomplishment of Members of Communist Party.

Present Huaminglou has changed entirely to a tourist attraction, totally different from the past. Each part enhances other’s beauty, forming a wonderful place with definitely beauty and rich history, humanity together.

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