Taohuayuan Scenic Area

Taohuayuan Scenic Area is located in Taoyuan County of Changde City. In China, Taohuayuan is synonymous with Eden and Utopia, an ever-beautiful place without any external disturbances that has inspired numerous 
eminent writers and poets of successive dynasties.
Nowadays,It was announced as the national key scenic area, China 4A-level tourist area, National Forest Park and key cultural relics protection units of Hunan. The Peach Garden also has been known as the National Tourism protects consumer rights demonstration units and civilized scenic area demonstration of Hunan province.

History of Taohuayuan
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 (265-420) described in his prose "Tao Hua Yuan Ji (The Peach Colony)” over 1,600 years ago. It reached its prosperity during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The Yuanjiang River flows though the scenic area, endowing the countryside with both elegance and excitement.
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.
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.
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. 

What to see in Taohuayuan
With an area of  8.12 square kilometers, Taohuyuan Scenic Area includes  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. 
Peach Hill and the Qin village are the center of the Taohuayuan Scenic Area. 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 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.
Taoyuan Village
This is a newly developed travel program according to Tao Yuanming’s Note for the Land of Peach Blossoms. Featuring typical countryside scenes and harmonious neighborhood, the village represents the utopia described in the prose. As you visit a local residence, hospitable host will first present a cup of tea and then feast you with a dinner of rural flavor. The host may also entertain you with a local drum dance during the dinner. If you are interested, you can gather vegetables or go fishing together with the host.
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.

Travel Tips
Admission fee:  CNY 75
Opening hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
How to get there: 30km away from Chngde City, and 160km from Zhangjiajie.
Best time to visit:  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.

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