Standing on the shore of Dongting Lake in Yueyang City of Hunan Province, Yueyang Tower is one of "the three famous towers in the south of the Yangtze River", the other two being Tengwang Pavilion in Nanchang of Jiangxi Province and Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan of Hubei Province. Since ancient times, Yueyang Tower has been enjoying the title of "the best tower on this planet", having equal status with "the best lake on earth"- Dongting Lake. Originally, Yueyang Tower was mainly for military use. The construction of the tower was commissioned by General Lu Su of the Kingdom of Wu during the Three Kingdoms Period. It was designed as a tower for training, directing marine troops and for military reviews.
Since the Tang Dynasty, Yueyang Tower had gradually become a popular tourist destination as well as a favored site for romantic scholars, who would frequent the place for chanting and writing poems. Standing on the bank of Dongting Lake, Yueyang Tower is magnificent and imposing, overlooking the 800-li-Dongting Lake scattered with sailing boats. The picturesque scenery attracted great poets of the Tang Dynasty like Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi and Li Shangyin etc, who wrote numerous poems after visiting Yueyang Tower. Many of the poems have been widely read throughout the ages. This tower was made famous by numerous Chinese poets who visited and wrote poetry about the tower and the lake.