Hunan Facts

Hunan located in the south-central part of the country to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, which means "south of the lake"). Hunan is sometimes called and officially abbreviated as "湘" (pinyin: Xiāng) for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province.Hunan borders Hubei in the north, Jiangxi to the east, Guangdong to the southeast, Guangxi to the southwest, Guizhou to the west, and Chongqing to the northwest.

Hunan is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, about half way along its length, situated between 108° 47'-114° 16' east longitude and 24° 37'-30° 08' north latitude. It covers an area of 211,800 square kilometres (81,800 sq mi), making it the 10th largest provincial-level division. The east, south and west sides of the province are surrounded by mountains and hills, such as the Wuling Mountains to the northwest, the Xuefeng Mountains to the west, the Nanling Mountains to the south, and the Luoxiao Mountains to the east. The mountains and hills occupy more than 80% of the area and plains comprises less than 20% of the whole province.

Hunan has lots of elegant landscapes and numerous historic sites. There are three Mount Hengshan, WulinYuan, Yueyang Tower, Dongting Lake and Shaoshan, and  so on.


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