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Yueyang is a prefecture-level city in the Hunan Province of China, on the shores of Dongting Lake.

Yueyang Facts

The Yueyang metropolitan area occupies 5,799 sq. mi. and the city proper occupies 318 sq. mi.

The population is 5,100,000.

The city's most famous attraction is the Yueyang Tower.

City flower: Gardenia. It is twinned with Numazu, Japan and Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada.

The area now called Yueyang has been inhabited for over 3,000 years. It was originally established as a prefecture called Hanchang in 210 BC during the Three Kingdoms period.

Under the Song Dynasty (AD 960-AD 1279) it was heavily fortified, with walls 4 miles in circumference, and became the seat of the military prefecture of Yueyang, whence its present name. During the Taiping Rebellion, its capture by the rebels in AD 1852 was an important stage in their advance up the Yangtze River valley to Nanjing. At the time of the foundation of the Republic of China in AD 1911, it became a county, taking the name Yueyang.

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