Huaihua Travel Guide

Huaihua Facts

Chinese Name: 怀化 (huái huà)
Population: 5,000,000 
Area: 27,600 square kilometers (10,656 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han, Dong, Miao  
 Location: Situated in the southwest region of Hunan Province, Huaihua City is bordered by Guangxi Province in the south and Guizhou Province in the west. Within the province, it is near Shaoyang, Loudi, Yiyang, Changde, Zhangjiajie, and Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture.      
Administrative Division: 1 district - Hecheng; 5 counties (Yuanling, Chenxi, Xupu, Zhongfang, Huitong); 5 autonomous counties (Mayang Miao Autonomous County, Xinhuang Dong Autonomous County, Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County, Jingzhou Miao and Dong Autonomous County, Tongdao Dong Autonomous County); 1 county-level city - Hongjiang  
Seat of the City Government: 665, Yingfeng Zhong Road, Hecheng District
 Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0745-2720768
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
 Bank of China: 9, Yingfeng Dong Road, Hecheng District
 China Post: 48, South Renmin Road, Hecheng District

Huaihua Attractions - Things to Do

 Furong (Lotus) Tower: It is a classical garden architectural group located in the northwest of Qiancheng, an age-old and rustic town of Hongjiang City. The main wooden tower together with pavilions and towers are the famous historical relics on the bank of the Yuanshui River.

Admission Fee CNY 48
Opening Hours 08:00 to 18:00
Transportation take bus from Huaihua South Bus Station to Hongjiang (Qiancheng Town) and then catch a taxi to the tower.

 Ancient Trade city of Hongjiang: It was formed in late Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) built on the riverbank. There are residences scattered along the maze of lanes and streets. More than two thousand old buildings are still extant, through which the bygone days of this prosperous commercial town can be faintly seen. 
 Huangdu Dong Cultural Village: It is located in the Huangtu Town of Tongdao Dong Autonomous County. It is said that when the king of the ancient Yelang Kingdom passed by the village, he was infatuated with the full bodied folk customs and ethnic flavor. Therefore he constructed the imperial city there. The whole scenic area consists of four stockaded villages. Visitors can admire folk performances by the local Dong people and appreciate the characteristic Dong architecture set among green mountains and rivers. 
 Other Scenic Spots: Longjin Roofed Bridge, Matian Gulou (Drum Tower)

How to Get to/around Huaihua

The city is the south gate and an important transport hub for western Hunan. Most of the visitors from Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Shanghai to Zhangjiajie will make a transfer here.
1. Huaihua Zhijiang Airport is an important regional airport for Hunan. It is situated in Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from city proper. At present, flights to Changsha, Beijing and Guangzhou are available in the airport. Compared with Zhangjiajie Lotus (Hehua) Airport, Zhijiang Airport is much handier for getting to the famous water town in western Hunan, Feng Huang Cheng (Phoenix Town).  
2. Because of the Xuefeng Mountain Tunnel, the trip time between Changsha and Huaihua has been shortened to four hours by bus. There is no expressway connecting Huaihua and Zhangjiajie right now. Most visitors make the trip by train. It takes about four hours. By bus, the 300 kilometers (186 miles) will take at least five hours.

 Huaihua Main Bus Stations:
Central Bus Station: 2, Renmin Dong Road, Hecheng District
South Bus Station: Benye Daodao (Benye Avenue), Hecheng District
West Bus Station: 82, Huaixi Road

3. There are two railway stations in Huaihua, namely, Huaihua Railway Station and South Railway Station. The former  is located at Hezhou Road, Hecheng Distract and mainly serves Shanghai - Kunming Railway.  The latter is located at the east of Hutian South Avenue in Hecheng District. Both stations mainly operate trains to Shanghai, Nanchang, Changsha, Hangzhou, Guiyang, Kunming, Chengdu...

 See more Chengdu - Huaihua Train, Huaihua - Zhangjiajie, Guangzhou - Huaihua Train, Nanning - Huaihua Train, Changsha - Huaihua Train



Huaihua has a subtropical, humid, monsoon climate featuring rich rainfall and moderate weather all the year around. The annual average temperature falls round 16.8 C (62.2 F).  
 When to Go: Huaihua can be visited at any time during the year and is at its best in spring, summer and autumn.

Huaihua Travel Tips

 History: It was in the late Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) that the Chu State expanded its domain southward to Hunan and administrative organizations began to be formally established in Huaihua. During the Warring State period (476BC-221BC), Qianzhong Shire was set up here, and the territory of present Huaihua City is essentially the same as in that period.      
 Physical Features: Huaihua lies between the Xuefeng Mountains and Wuling Mountains, with mountainous areas making up a large part of this region. Mountains are found mainly in the east and west, and the central region consists of ravines, plains and hills. The Yuanshui River flows through the region from south to north. Huaihua is a veritable green city, with sixty-five percent of its territory covered by forests.                
 Local Highlights: festivals
Lusheng Festival: in Dong villages around Chongyang Festival (the ninth day of the ninth lunar month)
Dujuan (Azaleas) Festival: during late April to mid-May in Huangyan Tourist Holiday Resort
Dragon Boat Festival: the twelfth to the fourteenth day of the fifth lunar month in Yuanling
 Special Local Products: engraved candied fruit of Jingzhou, brocade of Dong ethnic minority in Tongdao, mint crisp cake of Zhijiang, candy oranges of Qianyang, Jietan Tea of Yuanling

- Last modified on Dec. 18, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Huaihua Travel
Asked by Charles from SINGAPORE | Dec. 17, 2018 05:01Reply
Distance between Huaihua South High Speed Train Station and South Bus Station
How to get from South Train Station to South Bus Station? By Taxi or walk?
Answers (1)
Answered by Luke from ITALY | Dec. 18, 2018 00:31

The distance is about 7.5km.
You can take bus no.12 to South Coach Station directly. Or just take a taxi. The cab fare is about CNY20 to 30.
Asked by emmanuel from NIGERIA | Oct. 10, 2018 13:46Reply
how can i approach zhongfang red cross hospital from Huaihua train station from Guangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoe from FINLAND | Oct. 10, 2018 19:54

From the railway station, you can take bus no.33 to the hospital directly. It takes around an hour on the way.
Asked by ayesha from PAKISTAN | Sep. 27, 2018 08:33Reply
how can i approach zhongfang red cross hospital from Huaihua airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fritz from USA | Sep. 27, 2018 23:32

Dear, you can first take the shuttle bus in the airport to the final stop: Huaihua West Bus Station. The ticket fare is about CNY12 and the duration is about 1 hour. Then walk about 10 minutes to the railway station and take the bus Zhongfang No.13 and get off at Huamei School. After arriving, walk northwest around 300 meters to find the hospital.
Asked by Henning from GERMANY | Jul. 25, 2018 20:13Reply
Hello, is there a Bus from Huaihua to Guilin or Tongdao?
Best wishes,
Answers (1)
Answered by Selina from HUNGARY | Jul. 26, 2018 20:56

There are two buses departing from Huaihua West Bus Station to GL at 9:00 and 14:00.
Asked by Oleg from RUSSIA | Apr. 24, 2018 19:23Reply
We need to buy train tickets from Huaihua to Kunming.
There are two fast trains available at 9.48 and 11:30.
And I'd like to get the earliest.

So the question is - will we make it until 9.20-9.30 from Fenghuang to Huaihua train station?

Bus or taxi?
There are 4 of us, so if taxi's price is not to high - it's an option too.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nigel from BELGIUM | Apr. 24, 2018 22:29

I was told the first bus from North Fenghuang Bus Station to the HH Train Station departs at 8:00am and it takes about 80mins. You may catch that!
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