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About Changsha

Time-honored academy, ancient relics, spicy food, vibrant bars, popular TV shows and colorful fireworks just make the city a must for visitors.

4-5 Days

history, culture, food, fireworks

Best Time of Year:

all year round

Changsha, the “Star City”, is the capital of Hunan Province. Situated in the lower Xiangjiang River Valley and nestled against Yuelu Mountain, it has a recorded history of nearly 3000 years.

A venerable history and ancient culture are the city’s most distinguishing features.

Fantastic antiquities include the well-preserved mummy of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the Mawangdui tombs, and is a historical wonder well worth viewing.

Thousands of relics have been unearthed including silk products, paintings, lacquerware, pottery and bamboo writing slips, weapons, and herbs. All will be exhibited in the Hunan Provincial Museum. Presently [April 2015] closed for renovation it will towards the end of 2015. Located at 50 DongFeng Road Changsha it is adjacent to Hunan Martyr’s park.

Yuelu Academy, located at the foot of scenic Yuelu Mountain, symbolizes Hunanese education. A number of historically important figures and culturally important relics originated in Changsha, making it one of one of the China’s premier historical and cultural cities. These sites are the settings for the old stories of a great number of celebrities, including Qu Yuan, Jia Yi, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi.

Delicious Hunan Cai will never disappoint you.

Xiang Cuisine--one of the China’s Eight Cuisines- is fine and delicate in appearance with piquant spicy and sour tastes. Muscular and peppery it is a fiery equal to Sichuan Cuisine. Regardless of snack featured– Huogongdian’s (Fire Palace), ‘Stinky Tofu’ or ‘Sisters Rice Balls’ or Nanmenkou’s spicy shrimp, the savory local foods will not disappoint.

Folk performances and modern entertainment combine to present a blend of the traditional and the modern.

Changshaians are renowned for their acting and have created various traditional folk forms, including local operas, storytelling, drum opera, acrobatics, and other dramatic styles. Hospitality and enthusiasm flow from vigorous dance performances. KTV squares, disco parlors, clubs, and dancing squares illuminate the city at night. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, though not as vast as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own style, in which there are romantic quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses and western style restaurants.


Yuelu Academy

The Yuelu Academy, a time-honored institution of higher learning located on the eastern slope of Yuelu Mountain, was built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, it has survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered the cradle of Huxiang Culture.

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Orange Isle

Viewed from the Peak of Yuelu, Orange Isle resembles a green boat, sailing in the center of Changsha ready to defend the old town.

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Yuelu Mountain

In autumn and winter, Yuelu Mountain is ablaze with red maples and oranges.

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Tianxin Pavilion

Tianxin Ancient Pavilion and ancient wall is one of the best-preserved ancient city landmarks.

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Hunan Provincial Museum

With its collection of Hunanese cultural treasures, the Hunan Provincial Museum provides a panoramic historical picture of Hunan civilization.

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Window of the World

WOW is a theme park with 50 reproductions from all over the world, where you can appreciate all the world wonders in just one day.

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Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu, a popular fermented snack assaults the nose while soothing the palate. It is usually sold in night markets or by street vendors.

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Changsha Style Cooked Crayfish

Trying tasty crayfish in Changsha is part of being there.

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Spicy Fish Head

It's the whole head of a carp, blanketed in a blend of multi-colored chilies, tasty and meaty.

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