Changsha is definitely a big city, but is smaller than many other Chinese metropolises. There is plenty to do, whether seeking an expat or local experience.
Orange Island, in the middle of the river dividing the city between east and west, is rather quiet and tranquil, and the Mao statue at the south end is striking. There are myriad food options, and Changsha fried stinky tofu, found anywhere, but especially near the train station, is definitely worth a try.
Big sprawling foggy city. Clearly a lot of industry in this region. Good o/n stop on the way to Wulingyuan
Changsha. as with most other cities in China, is full of history. The Hunan Province Museum would bring you back to the era of more than 2000 years, and the recent history include the house of the great leader Chairman Mao.
I would only recommend staying here as a stop over to get a connection via Bullet/fast train out into Hunan to see Fenghuang and natural Parks.
Great clean , fast city Metro system. Don't need taxi's
This city has bad traffics even for us who stay in Jakarta!! Bad design for roads, u-turn, lights and can say totally bad city master-design.
It's seem this city not well prepare for quick developing into big city. Driving character, impatient drivers, against rules, strange turns make it worse. Beijing & Shanghai much-much better !!
Not much city attractions. Electronic city n computer city were nearby. It is a stop to get to fenghuang ancient city.
Strongly recommend to go there at least 3 days. Don follow tour, but get there yourself n spend longer time at fenghuang ancient city.
Changsha is an older city expanding into the modern era. Great food, shopping and site-seeing; especially the ancient Hunan university and an old houtong village about 80 kms from the city.
This latter item is a must see.
It was hot but people were very helpful giving directions and help with bus roots. some bus drivers went out of their way to help as my Chinese reading skills are very basic.
I thoroughly enjoyed the eating experiences. From the 'stinky tofu' to other skewered meats. The 'stinky tofu' is Changsha specialty and is very good.
I love the restaurants where carts of specialty items are presented to your table. This way I can see the presentation as well as the food item. Their are a number of top flight noodle venues. Great food!
This city is not as modern as the coastal cities of China. Traffic is quite disorderly and they are still building their subway system.
There is very good sight seeing and keeping my eyes and ears open helps me take in the more traditional China.
It is a city with a lot of modern developments going on. Rather congested and packed. However, nice city to go around eventhough it is difficult to find friendly faces.
Always be extra cautious where ever you go and what you do.
Places to visit in Changsa will be Tianxin Ge, the riverside for boat ride, watch 20 minutes amazing fireworks entertainment from the island (Ju Ze Dao)on every Saturday night at 8.
30pm (except raining). Got onto the Giant Wheel. Do crazy shopping for clothings. However, in Changsa you must try to avoid getting onto illegal private car/taxi. Always be careful and aware of your valuables/belongings. Be ready for crazy taxi ride (that's how Chinese drives).