Shaoyang Travel Guide

Shaoyang Facts

Chinese Name: 邵阳 (shào yáng)
Population: 8,282,800
Area: 20,824 square kilometers (8,040.19 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Shaungqing, Daxiang, Beita); 7 counties (Shaodong, Shaoyang, Xinshao, Longhui Dongkou, Suining, Xinning); 1 autonomous county (Chengbu Miao); 1 county-level city (Wugang)
Area Code: 0739
Zip Code: 422000
GDP (2018): CNY 178.27 billion (USD 26.94 billion)

Famous for Typical Danxia-Forest Landform

Located in the southwest of Hunan Province, Shaoyang has the highest population and second largest land area among the cities in the province. It is adjacent to Hengyang to the east, Yongzhou and Guilin of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the south, Huaihua to the west and Loudi to the north. Since ancient times, Shaoyang has been a major transportation and commercial port center, and many cultural sites have been excavated in the territory. In the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1912), Shaoyang was not easy to be invaded as the city was surrounded by Zijiang and equipped with numerous fortresses and the surrounding terrains were complex, leaving a name of Iron Shaoyang. In addition, Shaoyang possesses many natural scenic spots including geo parks and natural reserves. Mt. Langshan is well-known for the typical Danxia landscape.

Shaoyang Attractions - Things to Do

 Mt. Langshan: Located in Xinning County, Langshan is a national geopark. In this large resort, there are lots of attractions, being a best place to see the Danxia Landscape. Three limestone caves and formative forest attracts many people to come. It also has a rockcraft training center.

Admission Fee Type A: CNY 186 (including five scenic areas, Bajiaozhai, Tianyi Lane, Chili Peak, Zixia Cave and Fuyi River Raft Ride) 
Type B: CNY 136 (including four scenic areas above excluding Fuyi River Raft Ride)
Type C: CNY 120 for Fuyi River Raft Ride
Transportation Take regular bus from Shaoyang South Bus Station to Xinning West Bus Station, and then take No.2 public bus or minivans from there to Beidamen. There you can buy the entrance ticket for Mt. Langshan and take bus to each scenic area.

 Huangsang Nature Reserve: Famous for the antique environment and flourishing vegetation, the reserve in Suining County is a good place to explore the natural beauty, with many beautiful types of scenery can be captured.

How to Get to Shaoyang

Shaoyang Wugang Airport is serving the city now. Passengers can travel between the airport and Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Shenzhen & Zhengzhou directly. Airport Shuttle bus can arrive at downtown and Mt. Langshan.

Shaoyang Railway Station is in the east of Shuangqing District. Everyday, there are four trains heading here from Changsha. In addition, Guangzhou, Shanghai (South) has trains to the area. Many other trains pass the area to or from Naning, Nanjing, Qingdao, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Zhaoqing, Zhanjiang and Guilin. In the city proper, bus 1, 5, 7, 18 and 28 run to the railway station.
There are three main bus stations:
East Bus Station on Shaoshi Road
Bus Routes: 1, 8, 10, 15, 18, 28, 36, 38
South Bus Station on Minzhouxi Road
Bus Routes: 7, 17, 18, 25, 26, 33, 35, 36, 38, 42
West Bus Station in Shaolinxi Road
Bus Routes: 10, 28, 38

How to Get to Shaoyang from Changsha

Changsha South Bus Station operates many buses to Shaoyang from 08:00 to 19:10. The ticket price is about CNY 81 to 83. Changsha West Bus Station also have opened new routes to Shaoyang, but much fewer. There are five daily: 08:10, 08:30, 10:50, 13:20 and 17:50. The time asuming is 2.5 hours with the ticket price of CNY 82.5.


Climate of Shaoyang is humid and seasons are clear. Generally the temperature is mild without severe winter and torrid summer. However, the weather is different from hilly area and basins. The annual average temperature is about 17 degrees. Most of the rain falls between April to June.
 When to Go: Summer and Autumn are better seasons to pay a visit, especially from August to October.

Shaoyang Travel Tips

 History: The area was called Baoqing in history. The earliest city was established here 2,500 year ago, during the late Spring and Autumn Period. Among the total thirty-six administrative areas in the Qin Dynasty, it was governed by Changsha and belonged to Lingling in Eastern Han Dynasty. During the Three Kingdoms Period, Lingling was divided into northern and southern parts and Shaoyang was just the heart of north region.       
 Physical Features: Shaoyang lies in the transition area from hilly area to plateau. Branches of Naling Mountains and Xufeng Mountain stand in its south, west and north. Hills and basins are distributed in the central and eastern parts of the city. Generally, the terrain declines from the southwest to the northeast. It also has large forests, ranking one of the major four forest zones of Hunan.
 Local Features: There are many ethnic minorities here, which is a large group made up of nearly 400,000 people. Flower Drum Opera is a famous folk art in Hunan. Local people also prefer this. In addition, the place also has its own styles of art, blend with instruments, songs, performances and ballads. It teems with orange and now a new industrial city of the region.

- Last updated on May. 22, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Shaoyang Travel
Asked by ALEX090890 | Jul. 10, 2016 11:32Reply
I'm moving to Shaoyang soon, in August. I'm going to work there for a year.
Can anybody tell me about the weather in this city? Are the floods possible in this city? Thank you in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Tiana from ITALY | Jul. 10, 2016 21:55

Well, the city has distinctive seasons; the rainfall is just so so, so the possibility of floods is not high. The coldest month is Jan. with the lowest temp of 4-5C and the hottest month is Jul. with the highest temp of 32-33C. You should prepare both long- and short-sleeved shirts, jeasn, coat, jacket, jeans and long john. Don't bring to many, because clothing in China is not expensive.
Asked by Romilly Koh from SINGAPORE | Feb. 06, 2016 09:21Reply
First Time Visitor To Shaoyang
Happy New Monkey Year 2016 Everyone,

I am from Singapore now in Xinning Hunan, wishing to visit Shaoyang for the first time starting from 13 February.

Can someone please tell me which hotel is best to stay in and what can I do?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Camille from DENMARK | Feb. 14, 2016 20:12

You are advised to stay at Hongqi Road, Daxiang District. There are several shopping malls and nice restaurants nearby. And the surrounding transportation is convenient.
Today Inns is a nice choice. The price is about CNY 150 to 200 per night. It's located at No.208, Hongqi Road. Hope you like.
About the attractions, Mt. Langshan and Huangsang Nature Reserve are must sees.
Have a nice journey!
Asked by Bashar from USA | Jan. 30, 2015 14:47Reply
Going to Shaoyang
Hello everybody,
Just got an offer to teach Electrical Engineering at Shaoyang University (the employment is through BIEI -Beijing International Education Institute). anyone familiar with Shaoyang University, or BIEI?. any advice on what to expect? i've seen some bad reviews online about Shaoyang University and the city itself. any opinions?

Thanks in advance
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Answered by Mary from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 01, 2015 03:20

Well, the university is just so so; not too bad, but not an excellent one at the same time.
There are lots of delicious food you can have a taste. Also as I know, people there are very friendly.
Answered by Bashar from USA | Feb. 01, 2015 07:32

Brilliant, Thank you Mary for the reply :-)
Answered by Bashar from USA | Feb. 03, 2015 16:33

Anything I should take with me that's hard to find? someone suggested lots of English Teaching books, another suggested Toilet Tissue :-) anyone??
Answered by Satinder from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 07, 2015 16:33

Hi Bashar,

How was your experience with the company (BIEI) and the university in China?

Answered by Steven from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 18, 2016 06:03

I live in Shaoyang and teach at the University. My suggestion is to choose another city this is probably the dirtiest city I have seen in all of China.
Asked by Liz from UK | May. 29, 2014 20:23Reply
Bus from Longhui to Fenghuang
I am currently in Longhui and want to travel to Fenghuang. Is there a direct bus or do I have to go to Huaihua first?
Answers (4)
Answered by Jack from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 29, 2014 20:48

As I know, only one bus leaves from Longhui North Bus Station to Fenghuang directly every other day at 14:00. If you miss that, you are suggested to transfer at Huaihua. Take a bus at Longhui General Bus Station to Huaihua first, where there are direct ones to Fenghuang then.
Answered by Liz from UK | May. 30, 2014 00:02

Thanks for that information - I want to travel on Wednesday, so I hope it goes then. Do you know how long it takes?
Answered by Jack from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 30, 2014 00:56

Hi, this is Jack again. I traveled from Shaoyang North Bus Station to Fenghuang, not Longhui. Sorry, wrong match!
Answered by Edgar from INDIA | May. 30, 2014 00:59

Yes, you need take a bus at Longhui General Bus Station to Huaihua first in around 2h. Then transfer to Fenghuang and it also takes 2h or a little longer.
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