Taohuayuan (Peach Blossom Spring) is located 34 kilometers southwest of Changde City, Hunan Province, with a total area of 142.48 square kilometers. The core scenic area has been awarded as a National 5A Scenic Spot, National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit, National Forest Park, National Key Scenic Attraction, Top 10 Tourism Influence Cultural Scenic Spots in China, Natural Oxygen Bar of China, National Ecotourism Destination, Provincial Tourism Vacation District, Hunan Summer Getaway Destination, one of Hunan Province’s First Research and Education Bases.
Taohuayuan was first built in the Jin Dynasty (256-439 A.D), began to take shape in the Tang Dynasty (618-709) and flourished in the Song Dynasty (960-1297). It has a reputation of “the Thirty-Fifth Fairyland, the Forty-sixth Paradise” in Chinese Taoism culture. Taohuayuan is the only prototype of “the Land of Peach Blossoms” by Tao Yuanming (a great poet of the Eastern Jin Dynasty) which has been included in Chinese textbook and annotated by Ci Hai and Ci Yuan (two famous dictionaries of Chinese language).
Taohuayuan is well-known for the beauty of landscape and pastoral, the abundance of temples and pavilions, the fantasy of legends and tales, and the magnificence of ancient towns and residences, being the dream spiritual homeland of Chinese people all over the world.