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. In addition, the cultural relics on display in Changsha Museum from Paleolithic age to modern times are also worth seeing.

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 Oct. 25, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Changsha Travel
Asked by Moudy from EGYPT | Oct. 21, 2019 13:42Reply
Changsha weather in November? and the best shopping places?
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Answered by Molly from USA | Oct. 24, 2019 20:27
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The temperature will be around 10C-20C based on history statistics. You need to bring padded coat and down jacket. You can go to IFS Shopping Mall, which is located at No.188, West Jiefang Road, Furong district.
Asked by Chloe from MALAYSIA | Oct. 14, 2019 22:59Reply
Where to buy bus tickets online from Changsha west station to wulingyuan for foreigner?
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Answered by Jade from FRANCE | Oct. 16, 2019 19:43
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Well, it is difficult for foreigners to buy the ticket online. You need to buy it on the spot.
Asked by L.A. from USA | Aug. 26, 2019 10:18Reply
Is Changsha included on pre-package city tours
I was looking at your list of optional cities to check if you want them to be a part of a China tour. Changsha was not listed. Is there a tour that includes it, along with Beijing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and possibly Hong Kong?
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Answered by Dave from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 29, 2019 01:46
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At present, TCG doesn't have such tours including Changsha. Maybe you can try some other tours.
Asked by Bert from HOLLAND | Jun. 12, 2019 10:22Reply
Is Changsha a interesting/nice place to be for 4 days ?
Can you visit little places nearby if you stay in the city? if so, which places and how to get there? Thanks for your help !
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Answered by Joe from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 20:04
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It is suggested to visit Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Ancient Town. You can take train to Zhangjiajie and then take bus to Fenghuang.
Answered by Bert from HOLLAND | Jun. 13, 2019 12:16
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Thanks but we already go to that places. So do you have other suggestions ?
Answered by Joe | Jun. 13, 2019 18:15
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Then maybe you can visit Mt. Yuelu, Mt. Shaoshan, Mawangdui Han Tombs and Hunan Provincial Museum.
Asked by Oboe from THAILAND | Feb. 11, 2019 18:07Reply
Transportation from Changsha airport to Changsha Railway Station at night
Hi, my flight will arrive airport at 22.20. Are there any transportation after that time to a hotel near railway station? I plan to stay in a hotel near railway station one night before going to Zhangjiajie in the next morning.
Thank you.
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Answered by Matthew from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 13, 2019 01:12
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Don't worry. You can take airport shuttle bus to get to the railway station directly. The operating hours are from 07:30 to the last flight arrival. The interval is 15-20min. It takes around 40 mins on the way. The ticket fare is CNY16/person.
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