Category Archives: Langshan Scenery

The century-old “Fangsheng Pavilion”​ Renovated

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On the first day of year 2021, the newly-renovated “Fangsheng Pavilion” opens again.

Located on the rocks of Litou Bay on the bank of Fuyi River in Jinshi Town, Xinning county, the “Fangsheng Pavilion” was initially built in the 25th year of Shaoxing period of the Southern Song Dynasty (1155). In the Ming Dynasty, an ancient stele engraved with the word “Fangsheng” was discovered when rebuilt it, so it was named “Fangsheng Pavilion” until now. “Fangsheng” means free captive animals.

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Fangsheng Pavilion before repair

Find Most Primitive Beauty in Hengpu Terrace

Hengpu, used to be a town in Xinning county and later merged into Huanglong town, stretches at the foot of Jinziling mountain. It is especially famous for its terraces and is a good place for rural sightseeing!

Hengpu terraced fields cover Hengpu village, Tiantai village, Tiaoshi village and Cushi village, starting from Xiacushi in the south and reaching Pengjialing in the north. Throughout the year, many photographers come to Hengpu to shoot and record the beauty of its terraces in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Every year, many tourists also travel thousands of miles to Hengpu to enjoy the terrace scenery.

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Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling,a 300-Year Old Mysterious Village

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Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling is located in Yidushui Town, Xinning County, Hunan Province. Thanks to its location at the intersection of the ancient post roads between Wugang Prefecture and Yongzhou Prefecture, trade and business have flourished through the ages, making it a settlement and resting place. Because there was a village in the west of the brook, and there were workshops in the east and west of the bridge, so it was named Xicunfang(literally translated as West Village Workshop).

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The main body of the existing ancient dwellings in Xicunfang was built by Li Jifu, a memeber of local famous Xiaoxi Li clan during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, and gradually expanded by his grandchildren in Qianlong and Jiaqing periods. With a history of more than 300 years, it is an ancient and mysterious village with the architectural characteristics of Luling school. The ancient building complex is adjacent to the mountains and surrounded by the brook. With a total construction area of 6218 square meters, it includes houses, ancestral halls, guild halls, bridge pavilions and other parts.

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Located in the southwest and facing the northeast, the main buildings of residential complex are arranged in three vertical and three horizontal directions, forming nine quadrangle courtyards of different ages, seemingly unified but relatively independent. The non-slip pavements are paved with cobblestones with all kinds of patterns and designs, and crisscross with ditches.

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The layout of the buildings is orderly, and the strictness of the feudal hierarchy is reflected everywhere. The building complex is majestic and simple. The exterior walls are built with blue stones and blue bricks one by one. The cornices and corners are tilted and the beams are painted with different colors. The interior is made of wood structure. It is said that no iron nail was used. After hundreds of years of wind and rain, it still stands. The wooden walls, doors and windows of each building are decorated with various patterns and carvings, which are exquisite and antique in drawing, and pleasing to the eyes.

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This complex of buildings is large in scale, rigorous in structure, well-proportioned in layout, and exquisite in craftsmanship, which is rare in Shaoyang city. It has high historical, scientific and artistic values and can be called the superior work of ancient architectural art in Ming and Qing Dynasties, enjoying a good reputation as a wonderful work of folk houses in southwest Hunan Province.

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Since the beginning of the new century, this small mountain village, which has been silent for hundreds of years, finally attracted the attention of the world. In January 2011, Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling was announced as a provincial cultural relic protection unit by the Hunan People’s Government. In 2013, it was officially listed in the second batch of Chinese Traditional Villages.

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Beautiful Big Fish Pond in early winter

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People praise the graceful peony, the summer lotus that comes out of the mud but not stained, the autumn chrysanthemum in Mount Nan, the wintersweet in the cold winter, but I only love the metasequoia in Big Fish Pond of Xinning county!

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In today’s clamorous world, this flaming metasequoia forest can ignite our almost chilled passion for life, and also illuminate the wilderness of our hearts narrowed by material desires.

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The Big Fish Pond was a virgin until it was discovered by a group of outdoor lovers in year 2014. It is actually a wetland lake located in the outskirts of Xinning county. The etasequoias in the lake constitute a harmonious natural ecology map. Now, the Big Fish Pond is a famous tourist attraction in Xinning county.

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Photos by Luo Qiufa

 

Langshan Fengshen Cave-Tiankeng Upgraded to National 3A Scenic Spot

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Aerial View of Tiankeng

The Shaoyang Tourism Scenic Spot Quality Rating Committee organized an assessment recently, the Fengshen Cave-Tiankeng Scenic Area in Xinning County reached the national 3A tourist attraction standard and was certified as a national 3A tourist attraction.

Located in Fengshendong Village, Huilongsi Town, Xinning county, Xinning Fengshen Cave-Tiankeng Scenic Area includes two scenic spots, Fengshen Cave and Tiankeng. It is a typical karst cave and karst funnel landscape, and wins the reputation of “A Unique Hibiscus” and “The Eye of the Earth”.

Fengshen Cave has wind at the entrance, cool in summer and warm in winter, and is a refuge for the legendary Fengshen. The cave has been developed a travel distance of more than 2,000 meters. There are five halls including the Hall of Yangxin, the Hall of Lectures, the Hall of Zixu, the Hall of Performing Methods, and the Hall of Fengshen, as well as the underground brook with an area of more than 3,000 square meters. The cave is full of various wonders such as stalactites, stalagmites, stone mantles, stone flowers, etc. Under the light of the light, it is illusory and spectacular.

The Tiankeng is more than 270 meters long, 150 meters wide, 108 meters deep, oval shaped, with an area of more than 50 mu. Looking down from the heaven, it looks like the “Eye of the Earth”. With caves in which tens of thousands of swallows gather, it is also known as “Swallows Rock”. It is a rare and large-scale karst topography and geological spectacle wonder in Hunan province.

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Fengshen Cave-Tiankeng Scenic Area fully reflects the main structures of the karst landscape from karst gully, stone buds, peak clusters, peak forests, karst buckets, karst depressions on the ground to the karst caves underground and the stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone mantle, travertine and tufa in the caves. In the whole scenic area, mountains are connected with water, water with rocks, rocks with caves, and the caves are windy. The pavilions, towers, and stone forests are scattered among the green mountains and water.

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In recent years, under the guidance of Xinning’s “tourism county” development strategy, the “creation of a overall tourism demonstration area” and the police of “poverty alleviation”, and under the guidance of leaders, experts and cultural and tourism departments at all levels, the Fengshen Cave-Tiankeng Scenic Area has devoted all its efforts to the construction of 3A scenic area. It has invested more than 8 million yuan in the construction of tourist trails, guardrails, trestle roads around Tiankeng, rest pavilion, viewing platform, tourist center, parking lot, tourist toilet, sign board, work room and other protective facilities, which makes the scenic area more humanized and convenient.

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