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Yueyang is a modern livable city with favorable ecological environment. Located at the humid subtropical climate zone, it has distinguished seasons and abundant rainfall, with annual average temperature being 17íŠ and rainfall 1302 mm. 

Yueyang occupies 60% water area of Dongting Lake. The Eastern Dongting Lake Wetland is listed as a national natural protection area and on the list of wetlands of international importance defined by the Ramsar Convention.

Yueyang has three national forest parks and three national demonstration counties (districts) for ecological constructions. The forest coverage rate of the whole city reaches 45.3% with green ratio in urban built-up areas being 40.31%. The API reaches good level in 94.6% of the whole year. Thus, it was reputed as one of the most recommended ecological cities in China in the eyes of embassies in China, and won gold award of the "Happiest Cities in China".In 2015, Yueyang was titled "National Civilized City".

Chinese source: yysw.yueyang.gov.cn