The capital city of the Hunan Province, Changsha is situated on the lower reaches of the Xiang River. Like many other Chinese cities, it boasts a long and colorful history. It is also a destination renowned for its food and art of acting. To reach Changsha, travelers will take a 45-minute drive on the expressway from Huanghua International Airport
. In the center of the city is Changsha Railway Station which provides direct train connections from many cities across China.
Cultural and historical sites in Changsha are aplenty. Most of the cultural sites pay homage to Mao Zedong, including Long Island and Mt. Shaoshan. Mt. Yuelu is another popular destination as the foot of this scenic destination is where the famous Yuelu Academy is located. The Hunan Provincial Museum
is a fantastic stop for lovers of history as here can be seen the remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the Mawangdui Han Tombs as well as thousands of unearthed relics. There is also the Kaifu Temple built in 927 AD and the ancient porcelain kiln site of Tongguan. For a bit of city living, there are a number of theaters where visitors can watch traditional folk art, and street vendors and restaurants serve up delicious local cuisine.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Changsha for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.