Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County

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Location of Youyang County in Chongqing
Location of Youyang County in Chongqing
CountryPeople's Republic of China
 • Total5,173 km2 (1,997 sq mi)
 (2010)[citation needed]
 • Total840,000
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County, or Youyang County for short(simplified Chinese: 酉阳土家族苗族自治县; traditional Chinese: 酉陽土家族苗族自治縣; pinyin: YǒuYáng Tǔjiāzú Miáozú Zìzhìxiàn) (Template:Lang-tji) is located in the southeast of Chongqing Municipality, China, bordering the provinces of Hunan to the east and Guizhou to the southwest.

  • Area: 5,173 km2 (1,997 sq mi)
  • Population: 840,000 (2012)


Youyang, also called Youzhou in ancient time, is located east of Wu River and west of Youshuihe. It is the largest county of Chongqing, having an area of 5,173 km2 (1,997 sq mi) area and an 840,000 (2012) population. It is an ethnic enclave for about 16 minority nationalities,including Tujia minority,Mao minority and so on. and is known as the "Cradle of Tujia people" for its rich Tujia culture. It is famous for being the hometown of proletarian revolutionary Zhao Shiyan.And also,it is known as the hometown of Baishouwu Dance,which is beneficial to keep fit and is often performed in some celebrations that is special to people here.



Youyang has a broad space for development, which contains about 1.5939 million mu (1,062.6 km2 or 410.3 sq mi) of Arable land, 4.46 million mu (2,973.3 km2 or 1,148.0 sq mi) of forestry land,and 2.92 million mu (1,946.6 km2 or 751.6 sq mi) of grass land; it also has much labor force which is 40-50% cheaper than that of coastal areas; it is one of the counties having the most water resource of China; it has more than 20 kinds of mineral resources; Youyang is also a "Sanmu (三木, three kinds of Chinese medicine: 杜仲、厚朴、黄柏)" medicine production base, and it has about 1,200 kinds of Chinese herbal medicine materials, other than that, it is the most productive area of Artemisia annua.


Baishou Dance is the most symbolic tradition of Tujia pelple. It is a sacred dance generally featured by waving hands. It was used to worship totem, ancestors of chieftain, and now serves as a regular entertainment for all Youyang pelple. Former NPC (National People's Congress) chairman and member of the Standing Committee of the political bureau (Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China), Li Peng, danced Baishou Dance at Taohuayuan Square with his Youyang folks during his visit in 2001, December.


Youyang Taohuayuan[edit]

Youyang Taohuayuan is located at the north corner of Youyang town, and it is a 5A scenery spot, which is the highest rank of scenery spots in china. "Taohuayuan" is a place at first described in The Peach Blossom Spring written by Tao Yuanming, a famous writer of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). It is notable that there are more than one "Taohuayuan" spots in china, and the one in Youyang is a nationwide recognised "Taohuayuan".[1]

Gongtan ancient town[edit]

Gongtan is located at the intersection of Wu River and Apeng River, and it is a 4A scenery spot. It has a history of more than 1,700 years. More than 200 courtyards and stilted building from Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty remain well in Gongtan.

Wu River Gallery[edit]

Wu River Gallery is the 60 km (37 mi) long, naturally formed river bank of Wu River in Chongqing Youyang, and it is a 4A scenery spot. It is famous for the strangely shaped mountains along the gallery.

Longtan ancient town[edit]

Longtan ancient town is a famous ancient town which is listed on the most beautiful ancient town of National Geography .And there are so many ancient architectures there that were made of wood,and,most of them have a long history.You can enjoy yourself when you are there.

See also[edit]

Introduction of Tujia people

Scenery of Youyang Taohuayuan

Scenery of Youyang Gongtan ancient town

Scenery of Tujia stilted buildings

Scenery of Wu River Gallery


Coordinates: 28°53′19″N 108°45′50″E / 28.8886°N 108.764°E / 28.8886; 108.764