Xiangtan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 湘潭 (xiāng tán)
Area: 5,006 square kilometers (1,933 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Yuetang, Yuhu); 1 county (Xiangtan); 2 county-level cities (Xiangxiang, Shaoshan)
Area Code: 0731
Zip Code: 411100
GDP (2018): CNY 216.14 billion (USD 32.66 billion)
Known as Chairman Mao's Hometown
Xiangtan is located in the central part of Hunan Province, the middle reach of the Xiang River. It is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Changsha and Zhuzhou. It only takes half an hour from Changsha Huanghua International Airport. The three cities constitute the political, economic and cultural triangle of the province. As an important birthplace of Hunan culture, Xiangtan has cultivated more than 140 historical and cultural celebrities, such as Chairman Mao, General Peng Dehuai and modern Chinese painting master Qi Baishi. The Mt. Shaoshan, the place where Mao Zedong grew up, has become the most famous scenic spot in Xiangtan, with Mao Zedong's former residence as the main highlight. Xiangtan is also the hometown of Xiang lotus seed. The plump Xiang lotus seed with fine texture and sweet fragrance in Xiangtan was once a tribute served to the emperors in ancient times. Besides, Xiangtan is an important industrial base in Hunan and even the whole country, featuring a strong scientific and educational strength.
Xiangtan Attractions - Things to Do
Yuhu Park: Located in the downtown, the Yuhu Lake (Rainy Lake) in the park is a pluvial lake. Gathering willows, pavilions and halls, it is one of the most distinguished attractions of Xiangtan.
How to Get to Changsha & Wuhan from Xiangtan
Enjoying a subtropical humid monsoon climate, Xiangtan has rich rainfall and abundant sunshine. The annual average temperature is about 17C (63F).
When to Go: The April azaleas in Shaoshan and the red autumnal leaves in Zhaoshan Mountain are both attractive scenery of Xiangtan.
Xiangtan Travel Tips
Physical Features: Compared with other parts, the terrain of the city is low and flat in the eastern and central regions. However, its relative relief is meek. The city is various in land type composition, including mountain area, hilly land, knolls, plain and water. Nearly eighty percent of the city land is below the altitude of 150 meters (492 feet).
Special Local Products: betel-nut, Dengxin Gao (wick rice cake), lotus seed
What are the recommended hotels that are near the university where one can stay?
Hongrutian Hotel, Yidu Hotel and Mengbali Hotel are all near the campus, and you can reach them with walking distance from the school.
The ticket fare for the hard sleeper is 163 to 174RMB. For more detail information, it is suggested to go to the Train section of this website to search for more detail information.
Schedules for DIRECT Buses from Railway Station Changsha South, DIRECT to XT . I do not want to go to Changsha downtown bus station, but DIRECT to XT from Railway Station Changsha South.
Schedules, and prices.
Thank you for such precisions.
For the back journey, also two buses can take you to the G railway station, at 12:00 and 17:00 respectively.
There are direct bus can take you from the airport to Shunde. Then you can take a taxi to May Flower Garden.