Xianning dialect is not easy to understand but accurate and vivid. Xianning people are very talented in acquiring language. The civilian in Xianning even had no difficulty in speaking in mandarin when they communicated with over six thousand urban intellectuals who came to Xianning and lived in Xiangyang lake area for five or six years due to Down to the Countryside Movement during the Cultural Revolution, which made intellectuals from Beijing greatly amazed at Xianning people's ability to imitate language. In fact, people of Xianning have experience of imitating language for Xianning mandarin is not aboriginal but from Wuhan mandarin.
Xianning mandarin is much like Wuhan mandarin, which implies Wuhan's great influence on Xianning. It is certain that Xianning also appeals to Wuhan greatly. Many Wuhan people merely cannot help visiting Xianning quite frequently which boasts sapphire mountains, green water, fragrant osmanthus, emerald bamboo, hot spring and grotesque cave. In result, Wuhan people always speak highly of this city, calling it "Ecological and Health Preserving City".
Apart from Wuhan people, many Beijing famous intellectuals who came to Xianyang Lake area during Cultural Revolution were fascinated by charm of beautiful sceneries and folk customs of Xianning, taking Xianning as their "refuge". Many writers such as Shen Congwen, Bing Xin, Zhang Guangnian, Zhou Weizhi praised Xianning for its unique beauty in their work. Guo Xiaochuan when in Xianning wrote a poem" Ode to Jiangnan Forest" Professor Zhang Lichen in Central Academy of Fine Arts intoxicated by beauty of Xianning said: "What impressed me most is the lotus flower in Xiangyang Lake." The painter Hirano in Lake paint over a hundred" cloud scene", each piece is named, such as golden brim clouds, net clouds, crack clouds, swimming fish clouds, ice wall clouds ... ... The ancient scholar said that Xianning is" Cloud Township" .Hirano said that he had never seen so rich and varied clouds elsewhere other than Xianning.
Xianning is" China Osmanthus Town". Xianning osmanthus is all over the mountains and plains, all lanes, all houses, its quality superior to that in Hangzhou and Guilin. At the bloom season of Osmanthus, the whole Xianning is filled with thick, strong and pure fragrance.
Blessed by God, Xianning people lead a very simple life. Xianning people already satisfied with their unsophisticated life did not painstakingly improve their life standard; hence Xianning's less developed economy in opposite to its favorable natural conditions.
At the era of development, Xianning has taken a road of sustainable development. Xianning people are building two new urban areas which are several times larger than the existing. Two areas include a new industrial urban area in northeast Xianning and a new tourism urban area in southwest Xianning and construction of both conforms to resources-conserving and environment friendly pattern. The new industrial urban area is named as Yangtze River Ecological Industrial Park, where dozens of projects have been completed and put into production and other dozens of projects are underway. The first project put in production is Red Bull, a "limitless energy" beverage, which just needs some Xianning groundwater coupled with a Thailand recipe and a little electronic power. And annual tax of Red Bull can reach over 200 million yuan. It needs five years to build the new tourism urban area, namely National Grading-AAAA Scenic Spot, National Tourism Resort, International Settlements Demonstrative Area or National Ecological Demonstration Area. In here, only immortal beings and people who come to Xianning have privilege to enjoy pleasure of climbing mount Qian in the daytime and bathing in hot spring in the evening. Meanwhile, Xianning has begun to hold International Hot Spring Culture Tourism Festival each year. During the first festival, the number of people bathing in hot spring together reached 10,000, breaking Guinness Record and 6000 meters' length of river decorated by lanterns also broke Guinness Record.
Once construction of the two new urban areas is completed, Xianning people would lead a more comfortable life.
Since now is the age of High Speed Railway, a lot of people from Changsha, Nanchang and even Guangzhou also cannot help visiting Xianning frequently.
(By Li Zhuan ) (The author’s unity: Economy Development Zone in Wenquan, Xianning)