The capital of Hunan Province, Changsha is big, brimming with people, and one of China’s mostly rapidly modernising cities. The birthplace of Mao Zedong, one of China’s most revered political figures, Changsha also serves as the gateway to the stunning countryside beyond. Infused with nature, history and blessed with beautiful geographical terrains as well as locations to explore that include the scenic area of Wu Ling Yuan (Zhangjiajie), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Fenghuang ancient town, Changsha is a good starting point for adventure in China.
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Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie is a scenic and historic interest area in Hunan Province, noted for its quartzite sand stone pillars. A visit to the area’s Golden Whip Stream is a must. There is a walking path along the length of the stream, from where you can look up and feel completely surrounded by grand karsts. Yuanjiajie*, located in the Northwest of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Mountain Nature Reserve offer otherworldly thrills. While at the park, don’t miss the Hundred Dragon Elevator; claimed to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world and a perfect place to snap a memorable photo. *Filming location for the film Avatar.
Tianmenshan Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie
Tianmen Mountain of Tianmen Mountain National Park is home to a cable car considered to be the ‘longest passenger mountain cableway in the world’, able to accommodate 98 cars and stretching to a total length of 7,455 metres. At the mountain top, you can experience the “Walk of Faith”, a 50 meter long glass walkway. Furthermore, journey into Tianmen Cave, a natural water-eroded cavity with the highest ceiling in the world.
Fenghuang ancient town
Fenghuang is a town on the western boundary of Hunan Province. The majority of the city’s population is comprised of the Miao and Tujia minorities. The Ancient Fenghuang (Phoenix) City is known as the “most beautiful small city in China” and is famous for its surrounding mountains and rivers as well as ancient, primitive architecture. Fenghuang becomes dazzlingly illuminated come nightfall and it is highly suggested that visitors take the night tour of the ancient town to enjoy the beautiful scenes of Tuojiang, Diao Jiao Lou, Shiban Street, North Gate Tower, Hong Qiao and more. For those who are into night life, Fenghuang also offers worthy pubs and bars.
Wuyi Square Shopping Circle
The go-to place for some shopping, dining and entertainment! Malls, department stores, hotels and restaurants light up bustling Wuyi Square all the way up to Huangxing Nanlu Walking Street.
Hunan food is considered one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is well known for its hot and spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep colour. It is an absolute must to try authentic Hunan cooking when in Changsha. Recommended dishes include Changsha-style stinky tofu and steamed fish head in chili sauce, as well, packs of dried kiwi from Zhangjiajie make a tasty souvenir.
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|Transportation ||To ||Duration ||Fare |
|Bus ||Changsha downtown ||40 minutes ||CNY 15 |
|Changsha South Coach Station ||25 minutes ||CNY 15 |
|Taxi ||Changsha downtown ||35 minutes ||CNY 100 |
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| ||Weather |
|APR - OCT |
Average: 20°C - 29°C
Sunny and warm.Overall nice weather, good time to visit.
|NOV - MAR |
Average: 16°C - 24°C
Chilly and cold.
The coldest month is January, be sure to prepare your winter jacket and warm clothing.
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