Changde Travel Guide

Changde Facts

Chinese Name: 常德市 (cháng dé shì)
Population: 6,010,500  
Area: 18,190 square kilometers (7,023 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han 
 
 Location: Changde lies in the north of Hunan Province, separated from Yiyang by West Dongting Lake in the east. It neighbors Zhangjiajie in the west and Hubei Province is just adjacent to its north.  
 
Administrative Division: 2 districts - Wuling and Dingcheng; 6 counties (Anxiang, Hanshou, Lixian, Linli Taoyuan, Shimen); 1 county-level city - Jinshi  
 
Seat of the City Government:120, Langzhou Nan Road, Wuling District
 
 Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0736-7256407 
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
 
 Bank of China Branch Office: 138, Dongting Road, Wuling District
 China Post Branch Office: 5, Langzhou Nan Road, Wuling District

Changde Attractions - Things to Do

 Taohuayuan (Land of Peach Blossom)
In China, Taohuayuan is synonymous with Eden and Utopia, an ever-beautiful place without any external disturbances that has inspired numerous eminent writers and poets of successive dynasties. It originated in the Jin Dynasty (265-420) and reached its prosperity during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The Yuanjiang River flows though the scenic area, endowing the countryside with both elegance and excitement.

Admission Fee: CNY 128;
CNY 64 children between 1.3 and 1.5m (4.3 - 4.9 feet);
Free for children under 1.3m.
Opening Hours: All day
Transportation: Take regular bus from Changde North Bus Station to Taohuayuan.

 
 Shimen County is a land of refined and elegant green landscapes together with historical marvels. Xiashan Temple is the Buddhist cultural center and the headstream of tea culture in Lishui River drainage. Huping Mountain, the roof of Hunan Province is also located in this area. Additionally, the Longwang (Dragon King) Cave, the masses of wild calyx canthus trees in the valleys, and Mengquan Lake are all interesting natural wonders of Shimen which make it a 'must see' destination.

How to Get to/around Changde

1. Taohuayuan Airport is about 12 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of downtown Changde, which operates flights to/from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Wuhan, Kunming and Shanhai.  
 
2. Central Bus Station is in the north of downtown at Wuling District, near to the railway station. South Bus Station is in Wuling Town of Dingcheng District. North Bus Station is located at Renmin Road, which provides buses to Taohuayuan.
 
3. It is navigable by river between Changde and Yueyang. Boats usually leave Changde in the afternoon and get back from Yueyang in the early morning.

Weather

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Changde has four distinct seasons and abundant rainfall. Its annual average temperature falls around 16.7 degrees centigrade (62.1 degrees Fahrenheit). Actually, the east part has a higher mean temperature than the west because of its landform.  

 When to Go: The weather in both spring and autumn is favorable. In the spring, it is the flowering season of peach blossom which can be seen all over the mountains. Every year in late March, Taohuayuan Scenic Area holds a peach flower festival, and the festival usually lasts one month.

Changde Travel Tips

 History: In the year of 227BC, a city was constructed in the east of present Wuling District. That was the beginning of Changde. In the following two thousand, two hundred or so years, administrative divisions here have changed greatly.  The area had been known as Wuling, Langzhou and Dingcheng before becoming Changde.     
 
 Physical Features: Northwestern Changde belongs to the Wuling Mountains and its eastern part is located in the lower reaches of the rivers adjacent to the Dongtinghu Plain. Therefore, the terrain of Changde generally slopes downward from the west to the east. Medium mountains, lower mountains, mounds, alluvial and lake plains line up in order with the changes in the relief.                  
 
 Special Local Products: Furongwang Brand Tobacco, Wulingwang Liquor, Yechawang Tea and freshwater pearls are the most famous local products of Changde. Additionally, Chinese gooseberry, honey pomelo and lotus seed yields here are also of good quality.

- Last modified on Dec. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Changde Travel
Asked by WORAWIT RITTITID from THAILAND | Nov. 30, 2018 05:51Reply
I would like to know is there any bus from Changde to Yueyang ?
which coach/bus station name and where it located in Changde?
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Answered by Carl from USA | Dec. 03, 2018 13:59
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Liuyehu Bus Station, located at No.1168 Ziyuan Road, Wuling District.
Asked by Henry Ho from INDONESIA | Sep. 03, 2016 00:43Reply
Are there any transportations from Changde to Fenghuang?
Please give advice!!! Thank you
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Answered by Lee from GERMANY | Sep. 05, 2016 02:22
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Yes! You can take a bus to Fenghuang from General Bus Station or South Bus Station. The buses depart from General Bus Station at 9:40, 10:20, and 14:55, and the ticket costs CNY 108. The buses depart from South Bus Station at 10:20, 11:00, and 15:25, and the ticket costs CNY 91.
Answered by Henry Ho from INDONESIA | Sep. 06, 2016 02:01
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Thank you Lee for your best information!!! But how many hours the journey to Fenghuang?
Answered by Lee | Sep. 06, 2016 04:42
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The trip takes about 3.5 hours.
Answered by Henry Ho from INDONESIA | Sep. 06, 2016 05:04
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Thank you Lee!
Answered by Henry Ho from INDONESIA | Oct. 13, 2016 10:58
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What kind of transportation to Peach Blossom Land from Changsa?
I think I will visit one day tour for 2 place : Yuelu Mount and Peach Blossom Land and in evening Orange Isle.
Please give advice whether I can fullfil the plan? Thank you
Answered by Lee | Oct. 14, 2016 02:46
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Take a direct bus to Peach Blossom Land from West Bus Station. The buses depart at 9:50, 13:30, and 15:20, and the fare is CNY 76. The trip takes about 3.5 hours.

I am afraid that you cannot cover them within one day. You are advised to spare two or three days for them. :)
Answered by Henry Ho from INDONESIA | Oct. 14, 2016 11:09
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Thank you Lee
Asked by Henk Subekti from INDONESIA | Oct. 08, 2015 00:21Reply
Do you know the souvenirs shop/gifts shop in Changde city, Hunan Province ?
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Answered by Dorris from FINLAND | Oct. 08, 2015 01:11
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You can go to the local Commercial Pedestrian Street. Many shopes there sell distinctive products and souvenirs. It's located in Wuling District. You can find it easily.
Answered by Henk Subekti from INDONESIA | Oct. 08, 2015 19:27
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I'll stay for 10 days in Xin Hu Yuan International Hotel, ChangDe Xi Dong TingGuan Li Qu in this month. Thank You for your information.
Asked by Steve Davis from UNITED STATES | Aug. 30, 2015 01:15Reply
Is it possible to have a Hunan cooking class for an afternoon or two in the Changde
Area for tourist couple with a little Mandarin ?
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Answered by Sarah from INDONESIA | Aug. 30, 2015 04:23
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If you can speak a little Mandarin, that will helps a lot. I know there is a Wuling Cook Training School, located at Danyang Road. Their contact number is 0736-7729728. You can have a try there.
Asked by Marco from ITALY | May. 19, 2015 10:38Reply
How can i find a mandarin/english school for foreigners in Changde or a work? i don't find on web :(
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Answered by Joe from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 19, 2015 22:22
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As I know, there is an Alexander Education English Training School, they may need foreign teachers. The school is located at Jinzuan Square, and their contact number is 0736-7228333. Have a try.
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