It was built in the Northern Song Dynasty. The county name means "home to peace". Covering an area of 2906 square kilometers, it consists of 33 towns. It is home to many outstanding figures like Jiang Wan in the Three Kingdoms’ Period, the number one scholar in the Song Dynasty Yi Fu, scholar Zhang Shi, chairman of PRC Liu Shaoqi, one of the founders of CCP He Shuheng, etc. These famous names are the best representatives of the land of great culture and landscapes.
Ningxiang is rich in resources and beautiful landscapes. Grain and hog production ranks among the top ten counties in China. Numerous scenic wonders are scattered around the county. Miyin Temple is still very popular among the followers after thousands of years, being the top school of five schools of Zen Buddhism. Qianfo (means a thousand Buddha) Cave has thirteen unique caves connected with each other, stretching dozens of kilometers. Over 2,000 pieces of bronze statues such as the four sheep square statue shocked the world, and made it the "Bronze Cultural Center of Southern China."
Ningxiang, with its economic boom, achieved regional GDP of RMB 91.02 billion in 2014, an year-on year increase of 12.4%.