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Hengyang Travel Guide - Brief Information on HengyangHengyang in Chinese Pinyin: héng yáng|
Hengyang in Chinese Writing:
Hengyang in Chinese Pronunciation: Click the button to learn how to say Hengyang Mandarin Chinese. Or you can download it to your hand device to play it to a conductor when buying a train ticket to Hengyang.
Hengyang Overview: The former name of Hengyang is Hengzhou. The city is located in the south of Hunan Province and to the south of Mt. Hengshan, in the middle reaches of Xiangjiang River. The city is also regarded as “Wild Goose City” as the wild geese will stop to rest here as they fly to the south. The city covers an area of 15,310 square meters with a population of 7311400 at the end of 2008. It is an area with abundant seafood and rice, also rich in natural resources like coal, zinc, and lead, boasting a reputation as one of the emerging industrial cities in China.
Map of Hengyang: Here is a rough map of Hengyang showing where Hengyang is located on the map of China.
Hengyang Climate & Weather: Owing to its subtropical maritime monsoon climate, the four seasons here are very distinct. The climate here is very mild and wet; it is not very cold in winter and not very hot in summer. The annual average temperature is 18.2 C.
Language in Hengyang: Hengyang has its own dialect which belongs to Xiang dialect which is a sub branch of Northern Dialect. It is not easily understood, even for native Mandarin speakers.
Hengyang Transportation: Hengyang is 160 kilometers south of Changsha - the capital city of Hunan province. It is the transportation center, which links water, rail and highway routes of Hunan Province.
By Air: Hengyang is about 170 kilometers to Huanghua International airport. It takes about 2 hours to the airport from Hengyang city.
By Train: Hengyang has one of the longest railway tracks in southern China, and also one of the ten largest train stations in China. Jing Guang(From Beijing to Guangzhou) line and Xiang Gui (From Hengyang to Nanning) intersect at Hengyang. Everyday more than 100 trains stop at Hengyang Station, linking the city to most cities of China. You could take bus No. 1, K1, 7, 16, 18, 25, 24, 27, 30, 37 etc to the railway station.
By Bus: Hengyang is one of the 45 expressway hubs in China, where Zhu Highway (Beijing to Zhuhai) and HengKun Highway (Hengyang to Kunming) intersect. Stateway 107 and 322 also pass the city. There are two bus stations in the city. Hengyang Central Bus Station, Former Western Bus Station, is located at the City Center where you could take buses to other cities of Hunan Province. Linghu Bus Station, formerly Hengyang Eastern Bus Station, is located on the edge of the city where you could take buses to southern and eastern parts of the city.
Hengyang Food: The local dishes in Hengyang you should try are Mt. Hengshan Buddhist Vegetable Dish, which is a combination of various vegetables and is very nutritious; or Yu Lin Xiang Yao (Seven-Level Tower) which is a dish made of fish balls, pig's kidney. The dish resembles a seven-layer pagoda, and there are different entrees on each layer; He Ye Bao Fan (rice wrapped in lotus leaf) which is made of premium rice, eggs, barbecued pork and shrimp. A local snack called Cream Pineapple Jelly is popular among adults as well as children. If you dine at a night market, there is not only the delicious Hunan Cuisine but there are also some sweet local snacks that can be eaten after a big meal such as Yunpian Cake, Snow-flake Cake, Dengxin Cake, and Crisp Thin Moon Cake.
Major Hengyang Tourism Resources:
Tourist Attractions: There are lots of attractions worth a visit in Hengyang, such as Mt. Hengshan, Jiangkou Birds Island Nature Reserve, Tiantang Mountain-Xijiang Drift, Cailun Memorial Hall, Xiangxi Private Hall, among them the most popular is Mt. Hengshan, which is one of the five sacred mountains in China, known as South Mountain (Nanyue). The mountain consists of 72 peaks, of which the most famous are Zhurong, Tianzhu, Furong, Zigai, and Shiping. The best season to visit there is at the end of summer and beginning of autumn. If you prefer to see a snowy view of the mountain, you are suggested to visit during December to February.