Yuelu Academy of Classical Learning
The Yuele Academy of Classical Learning is located on the eastern foot of the Yuele Mountains. Founded in 976, it was one of the largest academies during the Song dynasty, and has gained a prestigous reputation over the centuries.
Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi, both well known Confucian scholars lectured at the academy. In 1903, the academy became a university and in 1925, Hunan University was established at this site. The traditional architecture and calligraphy inscriptions found throughout the grounds attest to the historical and cultural importance of this center of learning.