About Changsha Travel

Introduction:Situated in the river valley along the lower part of Xiang River, Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. The recorded history of Changsha can be traced back 3000 years. Tomb reli..

Districts: Changsha Phoenix Shaoshan Xiangtan Yueyang Zhangjiajie Zhuzhou Chenzhou Changde Changde Hengyang Huaihua Jishou Loudi Shaoyang Xiangxi Yiyang Yongzhou Zixing

Attractions: Hunan Provincial Museum Huaminglou Yuelu Mountain Mt.Heng---Popular and Charming Yuelu Academy Juzizhou Islet Junshan Mengdong River Yuelu Mountain Four Gates with Plentiful Water

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Changsha Introduction

Situated in the river valley along the lower part of Xiang River, Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. The recorded history of Changsha can be traced back 3000 years. Tomb relics from the primitive periods witnessing the earliest human of activities have been discovered in this region. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. - 476 B.C.), the area developed into an important town within the State of Chu, (one of the seven warring states that existed before China's unification by Emperor Qin). After Emperor Qin (the first feudal emperor in China's history) unified the country, the town was set up as a county and later became the capital city of a state in the early Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220). The tomb excavation site of Mawangdui found in the eastern suburb of the city is a family graveyard from that period. The most fantastic historical relic should be the well-preserved mummified remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the tombs. Some of thousands of relics unearthed include silk products, paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons and herbs, all of which are exhibited in Hunan Provincial Museum
In the dynasties that followed, the city experienced several expansions and during China's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it has developed into the political, economic and cultural center of Hunan Province.
Although not as ancient a capital city as Beijing, Nanjing or Xian, Changsha also has rich historical heritages including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings. What earns the city its reputation among tourists are two things. o­ne is a great man in China's recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, a time-honored academic school perched o­n the scenic Yuelu Mountain. Originally built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, the academy school survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered to be the cradle of Huxiang Culture. (simply means the culture school in Hunan Province)
The village of Shaoshan, about 130 kilometers south-west of Changsha is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this extraordinary man. People erected a statue of the Chairman and have preserved the houses he lived as a tourist site. A museum and other memorial spots in the scenic area create a kind of solemn atmosphere. Many Chinese come to pay respect and visit here during the memorial days.
In addition, the city was home to other revolutionary leaders including Liu Shaoqi, Huyaobang and former Chinese prime minister, Zhu Rongji. Therefore, it acts as a good place to learn more about China's recent history.
Changsha people boast to be the best gourmand of China and here people spend a lot of time eating. Xiang Cuisine is o­ne of the Eight Cuisines in China and has a fine and delicate appearance and a hot & sour taste and the heavy and hot taste is an equal competitor to the spicy food of Sichuan. Street dining and restaurants in the city make every visitor's mouth hot. No matter the featured snacks - 'Stinky Tofu' and 'Sisters'Rice Balls' in Huogongdian (Fire Palace) or the famous spicy shrimps at Nanmenkou, the many types of delicious local food will not disappoint any guests.
Changsha people are also renowned for their acting and have created various traditional folk art performances of their own including the local operas, storytelling, drum opera, acrobatics and other dramatic styles. Everyone can feel their hospitalities and enthusiasm by their vigorous dances. Today, most of the entertainment houses in the city present dynamic and entertaining performances featuring a blend of the traditional essence and the modern flare. The neon lights of KTV squares, disco parlors, clubs and dancing squares illuminate the city at night. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, although not as prosperous as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own styles. Romantic and quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses, western style restaurants...People of all ages can find their ideal place to spend their leisure time.

Changsha Traffic

By Air
Huanghua International Airport (CSX) is inconveniently located 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) away to the east of the city center. Currently, the airport has international links with adjacent South East Asian cities including Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoy and Fukuoka. Direct flights by CAAC connect the city with Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, and Chongqing and over 40 other major cities in China. There is no direct flight from Changsha to the Tibetan and Inner Mongolian areas at present.
By train
As an important hub of the national Jingguang Railway (Beijing-Guangzhou), Changsha benefits from rail connections to almost every major city in China. The railway station is located in the east end of the city at Chezhan Lu. Bus 108, 110, 113 from the city center will take you there.
The trip from Changsha to Beijing, Shanghai, Guiyang and Kunming takes about 16 hours while journeys to Guangzhou and Shenzhen take about eight to ten hours. A trip to the scenic city of Zhangjiajie lasts about five hours.
In the very west end of Hunan Province, is Feng Huang Cheng (Phoenix Town), which claims to be the most beautiful town in China. For backpackers who want to go there, take Bus 114 to the railway station and board a train to Jishou. The trip from the airport to the railway station takes about fifty minutes to o­ne hour.
By road
Changsha is the hub of three inter-province freeways including Freeway 107 (Beijing–Shenzhen), Freeway 391 (Chengdu–Xiamen) and Freeway 106. A well developed highway network connects Changsha with many major Chinese cities and buses leaving from the three Long Distance Passenger Bus Stations in Changsha serve most of the eastern part of the country. Although it is impossible to list all the destinations that can be reached from the three passenger stations; we have listed a selection of the main and most popular o­nes for reference.
By Water
Dongting Hu, China's second-largest freshwater lake is located in Hunan Province and the waterways connecting it to Changsha provide access to the great Yangtze. Ships leaving Changsha carry passengers to Chongqing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Lianyungang and other ports of call along the Yangtze. The inland water navigation is highly developed and Changsha Passenger Port has regular shipping to many cities in the northern part of the province around the Dongting Lake including Yueyang, Yiyang, Xiangtan and Changde
Public Bus
Public bus routes serve all parts of the city and its suburbs and there is a choice of ordinary buses or those with air conditioning. Fares are o­ne and two yuan.
The Hong Kong based Lishan Bus line operates a service between the railway station in the east of the city and Central South University via the famous Mount Yuelu but we would recommend that your best choice is the air conditioned vehicles as they are far more comfortable in the hot weather.
Bus route No 202 also provides a regular service between the railway station and the western bank area in the city.
By Taxi
The basic taxi fare in Changsha is eight yuan plus 1.6 or 1.8 yuan for each kilometer traveled. For trips exceeding ten kilometers the rate per kilometer rises to 2.4 or 2.7 yuan. This extra charge is to cover the cost of the taxi's return to its starting point. Night time rates apply between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. next day and these are generally 20% higher than the basic fares. It is always best to ask for a quotation of the total cost prior to commencing the journey.

Changsha Festivals

all the festivals are falling o­n the Chinese lunar calendar

April Eighth Festival
This is said to be the birth date of Sakyamuni and o­n this holiday people carry out the tradition of Buddha-washing.

Dragon Boat Festival (Double Fifth)
This is a traditional festival in the country, which falls o­n the fifth day of May depending o­n the Chinese lunar calendar. Different places have their own celebration activities. In Changsha, the famous Dragon Boat Contest is held o­n the banks of the Xiang River. People, from all over the province, come to the city to watch the magnificent performance. Competitors chosen are strong young men and they row at full speed to the vigorous drumbeats in order to reach the finish line. The cheers of the excited crowds echo under the blue sky. In some areas, people begin preparations up to o­ne month before the event.

Double Sixth
The legend goes that this day was the birth date of an evil deity. A sacrificial ceremony takes place o­n this day to drive all evil things away. Women will take out clothes and hang them under the sun and monks do the same with Buddhist scripts and sutras in temples.

Changsha Service Telephones

Changsha Travel Phone :0731-8666265
Changsha tourism complaint phone :0731-8666276.
Changsha City Tourism Bureau official website:,
Hunan Provincial Tourism Quality Supervision and management:
Complaints Tel: (0731) 4717614
Fax: (0731) 4720348
Address:Tuanjie Road, Wulipai, Changsha ,Hunan
Zip Code: 410001

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