Yuelu academy is one of the four famous academies in china, and it was established by Zhudong, magistrate of Tanzhou prefecture in 976 at the time of northern song dynasty. It was the earliest institution of higher learning in China sponsored by government. Since the Song Dynasty, it has become a place for famous scholars to give lectures. The academy accepted disciples throughout the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was only in 1903 that the academy was transformed from a school of traditional Confucian learning to an institute of higher learning and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University.
Early in 1015, Emperor Zhen Zong of the Song dynasty awarded the academy his own handwriting "Yuelu academy" on a tablet. Form then on many famous scholars and great thinkers gave lectures here; among them were Zhang Shi, Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming, thus making a great impact on the province’s culture and education. Most of the existing buildings here were constructions of the Ming and Qing dynasties and the bulk of the engraved stone plates and inscribed tablets have all been kept intact, in 1956 the academy was listed as a historical site at the provincial level and later, in 1988 it became a historical site at the state level. The last restoration project started in 1981 and the major part was completed in 1987.
Location: Hunan University, Yuelu District, Changsha
Entrance Fee: RMB 30
Opening Hours: Summer: 07:30-18:00 Winter: 08:00-17:30
Transportation: Take Bus No.152 and get off at the stop of Hunan University.