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County-level city
Skyline of Leiyang
Leiyang is located in Hunan
Location in Hunan
Coordinates: 26°24′36″N 112°55′44″E / 26.410°N 112.929°E / 26.410; 112.929Coordinates: 26°24′36″N 112°55′44″E / 26.410°N 112.929°E / 26.410; 112.929
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hunan
Prefecture-level city Hengyang
 • Total 2,656 km2 (1,025 sq mi)
 • Total 1,300,000
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Website leiyang.gov.cn

Leiyang (simplified Chinese: 耒阳; traditional Chinese: 耒陽; pinyin: Lěiyáng) is a county-level city in Hengyang, Hunan province. It is located in the southeast of Hengyang City and borders the prefecture-level city of Chenzhou to the south and east. It has over 1.3 million inhabitants. Cai Lun, the traditionally credited inventor of paper, was born and lived there. A Cai Lun invention square shows respect for Cai Lun.


Leiyang history dates to the Qin dynasty (221 to 206 BC).

During the Three Kingdoms period, Pang Tong (庞统; 龐統) was chosen as magistrate of Leiyang by Liu Bei (刘备; 劉備). After three years he had failed to fulfill the duties of his office. Many were upset by his failure and appealed to Liu Bei. Liu Bei sent Zhang Fei (张飞; 張飛), his sworn brother, to Leiyang to investigate. Before Zhang Fei arrived, Pang Tong, who knew that Zhang Fei loved wine, ordered that all wine must be diluted with water. Once Zhang Fei arrived, true to his reputation, he consumed copious amounts of wine, but wondered why he never became drunk. He realized what was going on and became very angry with Pang Tong. In order to appease Zhang Fei, Pang Tong agreed to finish the three years worth of backlogged cases within three days, which he did. For this, Pang Tong was promoted by Liu Bei and to honor the occasion, a special wine was created, now known as Zhang Fei Wine.

People surnamed Chen(Chinese:陈)migrated from Zhenbian.


Leiyangers speak a dialect resembling Jiangxi dialect.


Mashui (Chinese:马水)village is located in northeast Leiyang neighboring Anren (Chinese: 安仁)& Hengnan(Chinese: 衡南)

Pingtian (Chinese:坪田)township was later annexed by Mashui. Mashui brought Pingtian under its fold.


Leiyang is a center of paper production. Other raw materials produced in the area today include kaolin, white marble, and "heavy calcium carbonate". website:http://www.leiyang.gov.cn/main/zoujinleiyang/mingyoutes/index.shtml

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