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 75 (March to October)
CNY 65 (November to February)
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.

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