Changsha Travel Guide

Changsha Travel Guide

Changsha Facts

Changsha Map Location: Situated in the river valley along the lower reaches of the Xiang River, Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province.
 Changsha Map
 History: The recorded history of Changsha can be traced back 3,000 years. Tomb relics from the primitive periods witnessing the earliest human activities have been discovered in this region.
During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. - 476 B.C.), the area developed into an important town within the State of Chu, one of the seven warring states that existed before China's unification by Emperor Qin. After Emperor Qin, the first feudal emperor in China's history, unified the country, the town was set up as a county and later became the capital city of a state in the early Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220).
In the dynasties that followed, Changsha experienced several expansions and during Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it has developed into the political, economic and cultural center of Hunan Province.

Although not as ancient a capital city as Beijing, Nanjing or Xi'an, Changsha also has rich historical heritages including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings. What earns the city its reputation among visitors are two things. One is a great man in recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, a time-honored academic school perched on the scenic Mt. Yuelu. Originally built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, the academy school survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered to be the cradle of Huxiang Culture, simply means the culture school in Hunan Province. Orange Isle, which is 1.2 miles (2 km) from the East Gate of Mt. Yuelu, is also worthy visiting.
Mawangdui Han Tombs found in the eastern suburb of Changsha is a family graveyard from the early Han Dynasty. The most fantastic historical relic should be the well-preserved mummified remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the tombs. Some of thousands of relics unearthed include silk products, paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons and herbs, all of which are exhibited in Hunan Provincial Museum.

Mt. Shaoshan, about 130 kilometers south-west of Changsha is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this extraordinary man. People erected a statue of the Chairman and have preserved the houses he lived as a tourist site. A museum and other memorial spots in the scenic area create a kind of solemn atmosphere. Many Chinese come to pay respect and visit here during the memorial days.
Changsha was home to other revolutionary leaders including Liu Shaoqi, Huyaobang and former Chinese prime minister, Zhu Rongji. Therefore, it acts as a good place to learn more about China's recent history. Huaminglou, the hometown of Liu Shaoqi, has also been opened to the public.

Changsha people boast to be the best gourmand of China and here people spend a lot of time eating. Xiang Cuisine is one of the Eight Cuisines in China and has a fine and delicate appearance and a hot & sour taste and the heavy and hot taste is an equal competitor to the spicy food of Sichuan. Street dining and restaurants in the city make every visitor's mouth hot. No matter the featured snacks - 'Stinky Tofu' and 'Sisters' Rice Balls' in Huogongdian (Fire Palace) or the famous spicy shrimps at Nanmenkou, the many types of delicious local food will not disappoint any guests.
 South Huangxing Road is highly recommended for shopping. Old Changsha can be felt along the road. Middle Jiefang Road is regarded as the Ladies Street, where girls can find the most fashion clothing they are seeking for. On Wenyun Street and Changkang Road can you find the fake articles of international brands like the Silk Market in Beijing.
 People in Changsha are also renowned for their acting and have created various traditional folk art performances of their own including the local operas, storytelling, drum opera, acrobatics and other dramatic styles. Everyone can feel their hospitalities and enthusiasm by their vigorous dances. Today, most of the entertainment houses in the city present dynamic and entertaining performances featuring a blend of the traditional essence and the modern flare. The neon lights of KTV squares, disco parlors, clubs and dancing squares illuminate the city at night. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, although not as prosperous as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own styles. Romantic and quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses, western style restaurants... People of all ages can find their ideal place to spend their leisure time.
 Changsha has adopted the 72-hour visa-free transit policy since January 1st, 2016. The policy is open to the passport holders of eligible countries transiting at Huanghua International Airport. With the implement of this policy, the city will welcome more visitors.
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- Last modified on Nov. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Changsha Travel
Asked by Sandy from SOUTHAF | Nov. 06, 2018 23:37Reply
Is there a Pentecostal church in Changsha, Kaifu district
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabby from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 07, 2018 21:46

I'm afraid there isn't.
Asked by Taaj from BANGLADESH | Sep. 26, 2018 21:32Reply
I want to know how can I travel and enjoy the beauty of Changsha properly in 3 days tour??
From where to where should I go and how??
Answers (2)
Answered by Emerson from USA | Sep. 27, 2018 19:26

Hi, Taaj, here are major famous attractions in this city recommended to you.
Orange Isle, a new landmark of the city
There is beautiful scenery in the garden and the biggest statue of Chairman Mao Zedong.

Day 2
Yuelu mountain scenic area
There are many scenic spots and historical sites in the mountain. It is one of the four major scenic spots in China to watch the maple leaves and also a good place for hiking.

Hunan Provincial Museum
The treasure of the museum is a relic unearthed from the Han tomb of Mawangdui.

Day 3
Hot spring in Ningxiang

I think you can book a three-days tour in travel agency and have a great time in this city.
Answered by WALTERME2 | Oct. 17, 2018 22:56

three days, you can visit the Yulu mountain and Juzizhou one days, and the second day you can go to the Shiyanhu tourist spot(it's a nice and new place, very good) and the third day you can visit the Taiping street and Wuyi square you can shopping there and to enjoy the crowd. Have a nice trip in Changsha. welcome
Asked by Adrien from CANADA | Aug. 26, 2018 22:16Reply
Is it possible to stay overnight in a temple on Yuelu Mountain near Changsha?
Also, are there any short tours that go to Tianmen Mountain and for how long? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mike from SINGAPORE | Aug. 27, 2018 01:10

No, I’m afraid you can’t stay overnight in the temple. As for tours to Tianmen Mountain, you are suggested to take a train from Changshan to Zhangjiajie and join a local tour to the mountain.
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