- China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
The city of Changde is a transport hub, an energy-production base and a cultural center in the northwest of Hunan Province, with an area of 18,189.8 square kilometers and a population of 6.09 million. Its main enterprises include the Changde Tobacco Plant and the Jinjian Rice Processing Plant. Aquatic products from Dongting Lake are also economically important to the city.
Taohuayuan Scenic Area in Changde [File Photo]
With a subtropical humid monsoon climate the city has four distinct seasons and abundant rainfall. Its annual average temperature falls around 16.7 C, and annual rainfall reaches1,200 to 1,900 millimeters.
Changde has many tourism spots, including Taohuayuan, a place much like the Chinese Shangri-la which is said to be the ideal paradise of an ancient people undisturbed by the outside world. The Chengtoushan ruins in Lixian County date back 6,000 years. Jiashan Temple at Shimen is a 1,000-year-old Buddhist center and said to be the birthplace of the Japanese tea ceremony. The four-kilometer-long wall of poems in Changde set a Guinness world record for the world's longest tablet inscribed with poems.
The city's GDP hit 251.4 billion in 2014, up 10.6 percent over 2013.