Orange Island, known as Orange Sandbar in Chinese, is one of the sandbars located in the lower reaches of the Xiang River. Orange Island faces Yuelu Mountain to the west and borders Changsha City to the east. It is surrounded by water on all sides and stretches sixteen kilometers. According to historical records, Orange Island was formed in the Jin Dynasty, and is famous for producing abundant amounts of oranges.
Covering an area of one square kilometer, Orange Island lies under the 1,500-meter-long Xiangjiang River Bridge in the Xiang River. The long thin strip of Orange Island, rich in oranges among other crops, bisects the river and in the early 20th century was home to a small band of western traders and missionaries. Groves of orange trees are found at the southern tip of the island, and the Heavenly Heart Pavilion (Tianxinge), built on the remains of an old wall dating from the Han Dynasty, and commands a panoramic view of the river and of the city. From the Heavenly Heart pavilion there is an engrossing view of sampans, barge trains, and passenger ships. On the far side of the river, fragrant forest climbs the slopes of Yuelu Hill, a favorite escape from the subtropical heat of the city in summer.
In 1952, Mao Zedong revisited Orange Island and wrote the poem Qin Yuan Chun. Since then, Orange Island has enjoyed a great reputation.
Location: Center of Xiangjiang River, downtown Changsha
Entrance Fee: Free (South End: RMB 60, Amusement park in the North: RMB 20)
Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00
Transportation: Take Bus No.1, 11, 128, 142, 143, 30,317,369,407 or 804.
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