Liuye Lake Resort
Liuye Lake Resort lies in the northeastern corner of Changde City proper. It is a harmonious integration of lake, city as well as hills. It has a planning area of 175 km2, in which water area occupies 21.8 km2. It is one of the largest city lakes in China. In ancient times, the belt-shaped lake was well-known for its beautiful scenery with the “willows on the bank swaying in the wind, songs of fishermen spreading from the boats on the lake, pine trees singing in the gentle breeze, and the lake framing a belt of water.” At present, it is recognized as “A Jewel of Hunan”, and “The Best Wonder of Changde”. It is also one of the “Best Natural Aquatic Sports Fields”, as wells as an “Urban Aquatic Paradise”. In 2001, the Liuye Lake was officially recognised as a national AAA tourism spot; in 2006, it was selected as one of the “New Top Eight Scenic Spots of Hunan”. After its construction, it hosted a series of important sports events, including: The Aquatic Sports Events of the Eighth Sports Meeting of Hunan Province, the Eighth Asian Kayak Championship, the All-Star Chinese and American Water Skiing Competition, and the First Short Track Rally of China, etc. Within the resort there are Baihe Hill, Huashan Hill, and Taiyang Hill, all covered with pine and fir trees, and islands in the lake shimmering like emeralds in blue water. Also, Yinyuan Garden, Wujianping Terrace and Mount Zhangjia, a graveyard since the Warring States Period, add a rich cultural atmosphere to the natural scenery.
It enjoys convenient transportation links, only 10 km away from Taohuayuan Airport and a 10-minute drive from the downtown area from where tourists can reach all parts of China by train or bus.