Shaoyang has been a significant transport path and business center since the ancient times with developed economy and culture. There are many natural and cultural tourist attractions in Shaoyang include Mount Lang, Yunshan National Forest Park, Baishui Cave, Weiyuan Hot Spring and Bajiaozhai.
Shaoyang is one of the cradles of Chinese bamboo culture. Located in a basin with rich moso bamboo production, the bamboo industry in Shaoyang has been quite developed. Baoqing bamboo carving which requires amazing local techniques has been listed in the first group of China’s state-level intangible cultural heritage.