Juzhou, or Juzizhou (Orange Isle), also named Shuilu Isle, lies in the middle of the Xiangjiang River. Changsha ancestors had settled here as early as the Neolithic Age. The Isle used to be a crucial military fortress in the West Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD). Since ancient times, it has been regarded as a place in a picturesque landscape, boasting profound cultural deposits. Shuilu Temple, Peigong Pavilion, Gongji Tower, and River God Temple were successively built from the Six Dynasties (AD 220–589) to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), which attracted celebrities like Du Fu, Qi Ji, Jiang Kui, Zhang Shi, Zhu Xi, and Xin Qiji to visit and create great poems. Chairman Mao Zedong’s poem CHANGSHA: to the tune of Spring beaming in Garden was a poetic masterpiece among them. Ever since Changsha opened its port to the world in the late Qing Dynasty, UK and American merchants established customs, consulates, and clubs on the Isle, and in the period of the Republic of China, there emerged factories. At the beginning of this century, the Changsha Municipal Government started the reconstruction of the Isle. Since then, the Isle got a rebirth, shining like a pearl in the Xiangjiang River and Hunan Province.
As one of the most important places of interests in Changsha, the Juzizhou (Orange Isle) Scenic Spot was built into a 5A state-level tourist attraction, boasting ecology, culture, tourism and recreation.
There are 13 sites been added to original sights, including the Young Mao Zedong Statue, 100-meter fountain, fireworks square, and beach park. A batch of famous historic sites have been restored, such as “to give lectures after traveling across the river”, “A Visit to Juzhou (Orange Isle)”, and “snow in the evening”; modern and contemporary buildings, including Juzizhou (Orange Isle) Inn, Tang Shengzhi Mansion, and Stand Oil Company, have been preserved and renovated. All these contribute to raising the cultural profile of the Juzizhou (Orange Isle) Scenic Spot.
Major Tourist Attractions
The height of the 100-meter Fountain is equivalent to that of a 30-storey "building". On major holidays and important occasions, residents can see the scene of the 100-meter-high fountain in front of the main gate of the Orange Island Scenic Spot on the Xiangxiang Avenue and Xiangjiang Avenue.
Beach Park Zone
Beach Park Zone is at the rear part of Juzizhou (Orange Isle), covering a total area of 18.24 hectares with the beach park as the center. People may enjoy sports and recreation here at the sand beach, swimming pool, indoor stadium, indoor amusement center, and outdoor playground.
The Young Mao Zedong Statue Exhibition Hall
The Exhibition Hall is located inside the Young Mao Zedong Statue on Juzizhoutou (Front Part of Orange Isle). It has two floors, covering an area of 2,200 m2 (the first floor: 1,200 m2 and the second floor: 1,000 m2). The first floor features the exhibition about "The History of Juzizhou (Orange Isle)", focusing on the profound history, culture, and changes of the Isle. The second floor is themed on "Young Mao Zedong's Years in Changsha", presenting the great man’s life in Changsha in various art forms such as painting.
Orange Isle Fireworks
Since 2010, the Orange Isle Fireworks has been on display for 20 minutes on every Saturday night from May 1st to October 31st, and some important holidays including New Year's Day, New Year's Eve and Lantern Festival. Since 2018, it was displayed on important occasions like Labor Day Holiday, Mid-autumn Festival, and Army Day etc.
1. The Orange Isle Scenic Area is closed before 18:00 to ensure visitors’ safety. Visitors are required to leave the scenic area before that time.
2. Changsha Subway Line 2 does not stop at Juzizhou (Orange Isle) Station since 18:00 on the day for the fireworks show.
Best places for viewing:
Du Fu Pavilion and its surroundings, Siyangfangzun (four sheep statue) Square, Fengfan (sail) Square, and the observation deck on the top of Yuelu Mountain
The best way to get there:
Take Changsha Subway Line 2 to Xiangjiang Middle Road Station, and then walk to Dufu Pavilion.
Tickets: Orange Isle Scenic Spot is free. Beach Park Tickets: 50 yuan/ person, sightseeing tour car: 20 yuan / person;
Parking fees: cars 5 yuan / time, large vehicles 10 yuan / time
Opening hours: all day
Chinese source: hnt.gov.cn; The Young Mao Zedong Statue Exhibition Hall
Photo source: 699pic.com