Xianning is situated in southeastern Hubei province on the border with Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The Yangtze River is located to the north of the city. It is known for its pleasant climate with distinct seasons and plentiful sunshine and rainfall. Major attractions include a bamboo forest, Huanggai Lake, the tomb of the Ming dynasty rebel leader Li Zicheng, Jiugong Mountain, Heshengqiao and Tingsiqiao (important strategic locations during the Northern Expedition in the 1920s). The area is also home to 12 different hot springs.