Located in the northeast part of Hunan, Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. Also it is the political, economic and culture center of the whole province. Standing along the Xiang River, the history of Changsha could be traced beck to three thousand years ago. Boasts long-term history and culture Changsha has become one of the most popular tourist cities nowadays.
Except the history, Changsha is also famous for its hills, water and islands. The blessed geographical terrain gives the city beautiful landscapes. Travelers can enjoy the scenic spots. There are nearly one hundred tourism districts in the city. Tourist spots ranging from 8 AAAA class tourism zone to national forest parks and culture relic protection units are all available.
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Best Season of Changsha Tour
Weather in Changsha is subjected to sub-tropical humid monsoon climate. There are four distinct seasons during a year. Spring is humid with changeable temperature, summer is hot and autumn is dry, sunny. Winter in Changsha is short but cold. The best season to visit Changsha is September and October since summer is little hot and winter is cold. Despite of the temperature, Changsha is a city that suitable for tourist all year round.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
As mentioned before spring in Changsha is changeable, better take enough cloth in case of the cold at night or windy day. Take a coat is a wise choice. Summer in Changsha is hot, sun prevention tools are necessary, sunglasses and hats should be wearing during summer. Do not forget to drink much water since your body would lose much moisture during the season. Autumn is usually cool and dry. Long-sleeve and light coat is enough to keep warm. Wear more in winter, down jacket and thick sweater is necessary and better wear a pair of gloves or scarf. Last but not the least, wearing a pair of comfortable shoes is necessary in any season and any time, it will be helpful when you go out for sightseeing.
Accommodation of Changsha Tour
More than forty hotels could be chosen for the travelers in Changsha city. Accommodations ranging from five stars to three stars are all available. Also we have some budget hotels for the backpacker and budget travelers. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Changsha:
--Changsha Huanghua International Airport is the airport in Changsha city. It is situated in Huanghua town about 25 kilometers away from Changsha city center. Changsha Huanghua International Airport is now one of the top twenty busiest airports in China. The airport has international flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Domestic destinations are also included more than forty cities in China. It is convenient to take plane to Changsha.
--Changsha Railway Station is located on Chezhan road in Changsha city. It is an important hub of the national Jingguang Railway. Everyday, there is a bullet train departing from Shanghai South Railway Station and arrive in Changsha in 8 hours.
Changsha South Railway Station is another railway station in the city. There are over 50 high-speed trains departing and stopping at this railway station. This railway station was built to serve the express trains running along the Wuhan-Guangzhou High-Speed Railway.
--There are many long-distance bus stations in Changsha city. It is convenience if you want to take long-distance bus to Changsha. East Bus Station, South Bus Station and West Bus Station are three major ones in the city.
Internal Transport: Bus and taxi are the best transportation tools to get around the city. Normal bus and tourist bus are all available in Changsha. It is convenient to take a tourist bus for sightseeing. There are air-conditioner buses during hot summer.
Taxi in Changsha city is also comfortable and fast. You can take the taxi to any corner of the city. It is more privacy than the bus.
Changsha Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Changsha and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Hunan cuisine, namely Xiang Cuisine is one of the eight cuisines in China. Similar to Sichuan cuisine, Xiang cuisine is features a hot and spicy flavor. Due to its location, major part of Hunan province is lowland area with humidity climate, capsicum become one of the necessity ingredient as a result. It can keep the body warm and wipe off the damp. Worth tasting famous dishes in Changsha are one duck for four dishes (Roast duck with thin pancake, duck with plum sauce, roast duck bone & tofu soup and steamed egg with duck fat), Three Layers with Chicken, bean curd with odor, Changsha Maren Crispy duck, Deyuan steamed bun, Liu Defang tangyuan, Kouwei Shrimp, Changsha rice cake, Changsha milk cake, steamed vegetables, spicy salted duck and snails, etc.
All those local dishes and snacks could be found in Steamed Vegetable Street, Fire God Palace, Jar Street and Pozi Street. They are four notable local food streets in Changsha.
Some famous restaurants in Changsha are Another Village restaurant, Binghuo Restaurant, West Lake Restaurant, Yu Lou Dong, Deyuan Steamed Bun with Stuffing, Yang Yuxing Noodle House, Xu Changxing Roast Duck Restaurant, mona Lisa Chinese-Western Restaurant, Houcaller, Rosa Steak Restaurant, Jono Chinese-Western Restaurant, Ajisen Ramen and Quanjincheng Korean Restaurant.
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
As the commercial center in Hunan province Changsha boasts many shopping centers and department stores for the travelers. Local products are various. You can always find something you like for souvenir. Food in Changsha is really worth to buy, representative ones are Hunan Rice Noodle and Liuyang Fermented Brown Bean. Changsha tea is also popular in the city. Yinfeng Takahashi, Changsha Jasmine Tea and Weishan Maojian Tea are all nice teas to try. Hunan is also well-known for its embroideries and Chrysanthemum Stone Carving. Those mentioned goods are all worth to keep or taste in Changsha.
·Where to buy?
Travelers can purchase local products along the pedestrian street at South Huangxing Road, Shopping Street for Mature Women, Wenyun Street and Changkang Road, Confucius Temple, Nanqiangwan and Jinmandi. Other places for the shopping pilgrimage include Wangfujing Department Store, Victoria Shopping Mall, Apollo Commercial City, Zhongshan Commercial Building, Friendship Shopping Center and the Department Store at Zhongshan Road.
--Shopping places with detail address to recommend:
Friendship Store (No. 272, Wuyi Donglu)
Dongtang Department Store (No. 2, Laodong Donglu)
Zhongshan Commerce (No. 63-65 Huangxing Zhonglu)
Zhongshanlu Department Store (No. 56, Zhongshan Lu)
Apollo Shopping Center (No. 69, Shaoshan Lu)
Children's Store (south of the Wuyi Square)
Woman's Store (No. 346, Huangxing Nanlu)
Hunan Shopping Center (No. 129, Wuyi Zhonglu)
Changsha Mansion (No. 87, Wuyi Donglu)
Xiang Embroidery Shopping (No. 70, Bayi Lu)
Festivals and Customs: Festivals and customs in Changsha are almost the same with traditional Chinese festivals and customs. Spring Festival, Lantern Festival in January 15 on the lunar calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day, Dragon Boast Festival on the 5th day of the fifth month in Chinese lunar calendar, Mid-Autumn Festival on August 15 in the lunar calendar and Double Nine Festival on the ninth day of the ninth of Chinese lunar month will all be celebrated in Changsha.
Recreation in Changsha
Recreation ways in Changsha is various among local people. Travelers can go to bars, clubs, KTV, cafes, teahouse, cinemas, night markets and theatres except go sightseeing and shopping. Hence Changsha is regarded as a city of entertainment. If you want to watch some local shows and performances Qindao Theatre and Hongtaiyang theater are the most famous two in Changsha. Cross talk, skit, folk art forms, acrobatics, singing and dance could all be watch here. If you want to taste local tea, Bamboo Teahouse and Juhe Old teahouse are good choices to pick.
--Some famous recreation places to recommend in the city:
SOHO Pub (340 West Jiefang Road, Furong District)
Back to 97 Pub (279 West Jiefang Road, Furong District)
Marceau Pub (60 Heping Lane, Tianxin District)
Mayuzhe Pub (224 West Renmin Road, Tianxin District)
The Wing f Coffee (200 Middle Furong Road, Furong District)
Xiya Café (418 Pedestrian Street, south huangxing Road, Tianxin District)
Must-see Attractions of Changsha Tour
Han Tombs at Mawangdui: The Tomb is located on Changliu Road in Changsha city. This tomb contains the tombs of Chu Wang and his family from the five dynasties period. More than 3,000 valuable, well-preserved cultural relics have been unearthed from Mawangdui, including silk, musical instruments, weapons, stamps, silk books and wooden figurines that are now exhibited in the Hunan Provincial Museum.
Yuelu Mountain: Yuelu Mountain is located on the west bank of Xiang River and in the west part of Changsha city. It's a highly reputable scenic area in Hunan Province. Yuelu Mountain is well-known for its picturesque scenery. Besides the natural scenery, Yuelu Mountain abounds with cultural landscape as well. Many literati, ideologists, and hierarchy once visited here and left their tracks. Yuelu Academy on Yuelu Mountain is also a famous scenic spot in the region. It used to be one of the 'Four Academies' during Song Dynasty.
Orange Island: Orange Island is also called Orange Sandbar. It is one of the sandbars located in the lower reaches of the Xiang River. Surrounding by water on all sides the Island is famous for its large numbers of orange production. Many tourist spots in Changsha are on this Island, including Shuilu Temple, Gongji Pavilion, Jiangxin Pavilion. In 1992, Orange Island was developed to be a scenic spot of Changsha and also be rewarded as “a little heaven of Penglai”.
Hunan Provincial Museum: Hunan Provincial Museum is just located in Changsha city. The museum was opened to the public in July, 1974. It has gathered together most curios unearthed in Hunan Province, unfolding the cultural development of Hunan Province throughout thousands of years. This museum has a collection of more than 110,000 objects, over 763 of which are top grade cultural relics. The cultural relics unearthed inMawangdui Han Tombs are highly recommended because of the amazement they have brought to people. Travelers can learn much more about Hunan province even a part of the history in China in Hunan Provincial Museum. It is a worth visiting place in Changsha.
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