This is the site of the oldest civilisation found in China, a neolithic culture that is almost 7,000 years old. Chaoyang also was a centre of Buddhism starting in the 4th century C.E. Chaoyang is known as China's 'fossil city' because of the groundbreaking paleontological discoveries that have been made there, including feathered dinosaurs and ancient birds and insects.
- [dead link] Chaoyang Bird Fossil National Geopark (朝阳鸟化石国家地质公园; Cháoyáng Niǎohuàshí Guójiādìzhìgōngyuán), 100 Longniao Street, Longcheng District (朝阳市龙城区龙鸟大街100号) (Bus no. 15), ☏ . 9AM-4PM. On this site during the 1990s, fossils were found that revolutionised human understanding of dinosaurs and the evolution of birds. In Chaoyang, they found feathered dinosaurs as well as some of the earliest examples of birds. ¥100.
- Dalinghe National Water Park and Scenic Area (大凌河水利风景区; Dàlínghéshuǐlìfēngjǐngqū).