In ancient times, Yueyang was called Baling, or Yuezhou. It is a 2500-year-old city of history, culture and tourism. Yueyang has rich tourism resources. With various kinds of landforms, Yueyang has beautiful natural sceneries, such as Dongting Lake, Jushan Island, Dayun Mountain, Wujian Mountain, Tuan Lake and so on.
With a long history, Yueyang has also rich cultural scenic spots, such as the site of acient village Zhangguying Village, Quzi Memorial Temple, the tomb of Du Fu, etc. Because of a pavilion, Yueyang was famous all over China. In Tang Dynasty, Zhang Shuo was banished to be governor of Yueyang.
He rebuilt the parade pavilion built by Lu Shu, famous general of East Wu in Three Kingdoms Period to be South Pavilion, which was renamed Yueyang Pavilion. In Northern Song Dynasty, Fan Zhongyan wrote the famous phrase in Notes of the Yueyang Pavilion: “Be the first to worry about the troubles across the land, the last to enjoy universal happiness”, which made Yueyang Pavilion famous all over China.
Yueyang is a place with rich resources, good location and beautiful sceneries. With various sorts of landforms, it has beautiful natural sceneries; with a long history, it has many historic sites and cultural scenic spots. Under its jurisdiction, there are 2 county-level cities, four counties, three city zones, Yueyang Economic and Technology Development Area, Nanhu Scenery Area, Qu Yuan Precinct, with a total area of 150 thousand square kilometers, a total population of 5.3 million. City area covers an area of 824 square kilometers, with a population of 950 thousand. Its overall economic power is No 2 in Hunan Province, and No one is Changsha, the capital city. Yueyang has been authorized as the coastal city open to the outside world, a city of history and culture, China top tourist city, national sanitary city and national garden city.