Taohuayuan Scenic Area, also called Peach Blossom Land,is the fairyland described by Tao Yuanming, the famous poet in Eastern Jin Dynasty. It has a history of more than 1600 years, with beautiful mountains, fields, temples, poetry, as well wonderful legends. It is highly valuable on tourism, history, culture and arts.
Taohuayuan Scenic Area is located in Taoyuan County,south-central China's Hunan Province.It's 34km away from Changde City,and 138km away from Zhangjiajie City.The scenic Area lies between Yuan River and Wuling Mountain Range,there are rich of ancient archetectures,green trees. The unique geographical location adds to Peach Blossom Land the beauty of Dongting Lake, the elegance of Western Hunan, the special scenery of rivers and the sight of Wuling.
Peach Blossom Land is the provincial-level key protection unit, one of the top ten scenic spots in Hunan Province, the national forest park and national-level scenic spot. The main body of Peach Blossom Land covers an area of 15.8 square kilometers; Wuling Fishing Land, Yuan River scenic area covers an area of 44.85 square meters; the outer protection area covers an area of 96.9 square meters. The main body includes Taohua Mountain, Taoyuan Mountain, Qinren Village (the village of People from Qin Dynasty), Taoxian Mountain. In a word, it has mysterious cultural sights, rich natural sights, delicate inside sceneries and grand outer sceneries.
Tao Yuanming, a famous writer of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420), wrote the well-known essay Peach-Blossom Spring.In it he tells a story which goes like this: A fisherman happened to come upon a place called Peach-Blossom Spring. Squeezing through a cave, he found a village, the residents of which were descendants of refugees from the Qin Dynasty. It was a paradise isolated from the outside world, without exploitation or oppression, and everybody living and working in peace and contentment. The fisherman left the villagers and went home. But he could never find the place again.
This idiom is derived from the above story, and is used to mean an isolated, ideal world.Nowadays.Taohuayuan Scenic Area is divided 4 scenic spots, such as Taohua Hill, Taoyuan Hill,Fairy Tao Range, Qin's Village.
Peach Blossom Land is one of the sacred places of Daoism in ancient China. In history, many literators visited here, such as Tao Yuanming, Meng Haoran, Wang Changling, Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Mu, Liu Yuxi, Han Yu, Lu You, Shu Shi, etc, who has left their works there.
Peach Blossom Land has near 100 spots and four great scenic area including Taoxian Mountain, Taoyun Mountain, Taohua Mountain and Qinren Village. The garden party of Peach Blossom land is held once in a year and is one important activity of the festivals of Hunan Province.
How to Get There?
Take plane to Changde Airport, 34 kilometers from Peach Blossom Land; take train to Changde: K522 Changsha-Changde, departs at 8:18 AM and arrives at 10:44. Take bus from Changde South Coach Station to Tao County: RMB6.5, about an hour. Then, one can take a jeep to the county area, with a price of RMB 1. From Taoyuan North Coach Station to Peach Blossom Land: RMB 3, about half an hour.