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Top 10 Attractions in Hunan

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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Plan your Hunan Tour? With Changsha (长沙) as its capital city, Hunan Province, literally “South of the Lake”, is situated south of Dongting Lake (the third largest fresh water lake in China), which is connected with Yangtze River in the north.

Besides being the birthplace of Mao Zedong, Hunan has much to offer bestowed with stunning landscapes of undulating mountains and karst peaks, covering 80% of the province. Mesmerizing hillside villages and charming riverside towns feature the natural homes for the many living in Hunan.

Looking for top things to do in Hunan? So here is our Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.

 No. 01 Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )  武陵源(张家界)
Wulingyuan Scenic Area is located about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center. Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1992. This world heritage site is popularly known as “Zhangjiajie Senic Area” rather than “Wulingyuan” mainly because Wulingyuan Scenic Area is under the administration of Zhangjiajie City.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie Scenic Area) includes three main areas: Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkTianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and, Suoxi Valley Natural Resource Reserve (including Baofeng Lake and Yellow Dragon Cave). The American film – Avatar depicted “Hallelujah Mountain” by taking the real view of “South Pillar of the Heaven”, a famous attraction in Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area are  famous for its unique hills, queer rockss and peaks, tranquil valleys, clear streams, abundant fauna and flora and hospitable climate.

Visiting Time: suggested 2-3 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 248 ( a through ticket )
Location: about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center
Opening Hours: All day
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Summer
How to Get There
Zhangjiajie is easily accessible by air, train and highway. Then connect local buses going to Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

 No. 02 Fenghuang Old Town凤凰古城
The old town Fenghuang is located in  the west of Hunan Province, about 210 km from Zhangjiajie, 430 km from Changsha and 37 from Jishou. Fenghuang, literally “Phoenix’, is  named after its neighboring mountain that resembles a flying phoenix. Fenghuang old town is mainly inhabited by the minorities dominated by Miao and Tujia.

The old town Fenghuang features a magnificent riverside town dotted blessed with wooden stilt houses, stone flagged pathways, winding bridges and charming rivers. Just walk randomly in the old town, you will see the old city wall, elegant bridges, former houses of celebrities, old temples ans museums.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 148 ( a through ticket )
Location: 210 km from Zhangjiajie, 430 km from Changsha and
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Take a  train to Jishou, then connect buses going to Fenghuang or busing from Zhangjiajie or Changsha.

Fenghuang Old Town

Fenghuang Old Town

No. 03 Hengshan 衡山
Hengshan is  one of the five sacred mountains in China. Hengshan is popularly known as Nanyue , literally south mountain. It is listed as China’s national reserve. It is situated about 130 km south of Changsha.

Hengshan has 72 peaks featuring glistering waterfalls, forested pine trees, and terraced fields on the hillsides. More than natural wonders,  Hengshan has beautiful legacies and ancient civilization well connected with imperial visits: inscriptions and Taoist temples.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 10
Location:
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: late summer and early autumn
How to Get There
Bus to Hengshan from Changsha

Hengshan

Hengshan

No. 04 Miao Village at Dehang 德夯苗寨
Dehang is about 25 km to the northwest of Jishou (吉首), within the 164 square km Dehang Geological Park.  Dehang you have the opportunity to view the magnificent landscapes of terraced fields, beautiful waterfalls, and pleasant Miao Villages.

Dehang,  literally“beautiful valley” in Miao language, has a beautiful valley with numerous peaks, waterfalls and dense forest. It has  a pleasant climate  with rich flora and fauna.

Dehang is mainly  inhabited by Miao minorities. They have simple and unique  folk custom. You will be amazed at one of the most beautiful bridge Jielong Bridge in the world.  Walk along the country roads i the Miao village,  and ascend  to view  Liusha waterfall, China’s longest waterfall.

Visiting Time: suggested 1 Day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 60
Location:
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to Dehang from Jishou

Miao Village at Dehang

Miao Village at Dehang

No. 05 Hongjiang Old Town 洪江古商城
The Hongjiang Old Town is about 30 km east of Hongjiang city center and 55 km south of Huaihua City. The old town sits at the confluence of Yuanshui River and Wushui River.  It used to be a distribution hub for timber,  opium and tung oil covering the area of the five provinces of Yunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan.

The old town developed from Tang Dynasty and prospered in Ming and Qing dynasties. Its past prosperity as a trade center has left behind numerous magnificent traditional Ming and Qing style buildings -brothels, opium shops, tax office,newspsper office, bank, hotels, temples, totaling 380 buildings with an area of 200,000 square meters.

The charming old town has deep and stone flagged alleyways with English sign pointing to the ways into a maze of lanes. You will feel you are in the time corridor back to the ancient times.

Visiting Time: suggested half or one Day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 120
Location: 55 km south of Huaihua City
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 22:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to the old town from the city of Huaihua (怀化)

 Hongjiang Old Town

Hongjiang Old Town

No. 06 Shaoshan 韶山
Shaoshan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, is about 108 km to the southwest of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province in the southern China. Each year millions of domestic tourists flock here to pay their visits to Comrade Mao Zedong.

It is preferable to make a day trip from Changsha, visiting the huge 6m statue of Mao Zedong, Mao’ Childhood House, Museum of Comrade Mao Zedong and Nan’an School.

Visiting Time: suggested one Day
Entrance Fee:  Free
Location: 108 km southwest of Changsha
Opening Hours: all day
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to Shahoshan from Changsha

Mao' Childhood House

Mao’ Childhood House

No. 07 Yueyang Tower  岳阳楼
Yueyang Tower,  known as one of the “the three famous towers in the south of the Yangtze River”, Yueyang  Tower stands on the shore of Dongting Lake at the foot of Baqiushan in the northwest of  Yueyang City. Yueyang Tower is 25.35 meters high, square in shape, 17.2 meters wide and 15.6 meters deep, taking an area of 251 square meters.

Standing on the bank of Dongting Lake, Yueyang Tower is magnificent and imposing, overlooking the massive Dongting Lake scattered with sailing boats. The picturesque scenery attracted great poets of the Tang Dynasty like Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi and Li Shangyin etc, who wrote numerous poems after visiting Yueyang Tower. Many of the poems have been widely read throughout the ages.

Visiting Time: suggested  3 hours
Entrance Fee:  RMB80
Location: Northwest of Yueyang City
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus 23, 25

Yueyang Tower

Yueyang Tower

No. 08 Dongting Lake 洞庭湖
Dongting Lake is located in the north of Hunan Province, hence the name of “Hunan” given to the province  – ” South of the Lake”. It is the third largest fresh water lake in China, shallow,  a flood basin of Yangtze River.  So the lake’s size depends on the season. 

Dongting Lake is mainly composed of 4 big lakes – East, West, South and Datong Lake with mountains surrounded in three sides of East, South and West. Its north is a U-shaped basin connected to Yangtze River featuring lakeside landscape with magnificent views such Yueyang Tower, Junshan, Dupu Tomb, Yangmo Fort, Quezi Temple and more.

Dongting Lake is famed for  its linkage of Chinese culture as the place of origin of Dragon boat racing. It is the site of Junshan island that  is a home to the Finless Porpoise, which is endangered in China.

Dongting Lake

Dongting Lake

No. 09 Hunan Provincial Museum 湖南省博物馆
Founded in the early 1950s, Hunan Provincial Museum is located in Kaifu District of Changsha City, adjoining the Martyres’ Park and covering an area of 51,000 square meters.

The museum boasts abundant collections that feature the cultural relics excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of Han Dynasty, the bronze wares of the Shang and the Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu Dynasty, pottery and porcelain works from various dynasties, calligraphy works and paintings, and modern cultural relics, thereby being listed as the largest historical and artistic museum in Hunan Province, as well as one of the first eight National Foremost Museums eligible to be co-constructed by central and local governments.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Mounday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 112, 113, 131, 136, 146, 150, 302, 303 901 to Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum

No. 10 Yuelu Academy 岳麓书院
Yuelu Academy is located on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, on the west bank of the Xiang River.

The renowned Confucian scholars Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi both lectured at the academy. In 1903 the academy became a university, and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University.As one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures.

The academy has witnessed more than a thousand years of history and is the only one of the ancient Chinese academies of Classical Learning to have evolved into a modern institution of higher learning.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202, 305 or Lisha Special Line to get there

Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy

Tip : Hassle-free Hunan Province Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Hunan:

Zhangjiajie Fenghuang 5 Day Tour  from US$417 p/p
Beijing Zhuangjiajie Fenghuang 8 Days Tour  from US$875 p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie.
How to Get to Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha.
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.
Zhangjiajie Tour.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Changsha, Top 10 Things to Do in Changsha

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Plan your Changsha Tour? Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province of south-central China, located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River.

The attractions in Changsha are quite varied, thanks to its long history and the diversity of events which have happened here. also has a rich collection of Parks and Gardens enjoyed by both visitors and locals.

No. 01: Hunan Provincial Museum
Founded in the early 1950s, Hunan Provincial Museum is located in Kaifu District of Changsha City, adjoining the Martyres’ Park and covering an area of 51,000 square meters.

The museum boasts abundant collections that feature the cultural relics excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of Han Dynasty, the bronze wares of the Shang and the Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu Dynasty, pottery and porcelain works from various dynasties, calligraphy works and paintings, and modern cultural relics.

It is listed as the largest historical and artistic museum in Hunan Province, as well as one of the first eight National Foremost Museums eligible to be co-constructed by central and local governments.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 112, 113, 131, 136, 146, 150, 302, 303 901 to Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum


No. 02: Yuelu Hill Park
Mount Yuelu, the surplus mount of Hengshan Mountain, is located in the western suburb of Changsha, Hunan, China. It is 300.8 meters high above the sea, with numerous ridges and peaks extending to several kilometers, which looks like a natural screen on the west of Changsha downtown area.

The park itself is a fairly pleasant walk, and it is possible to get away from the crowds. The park covers an area of 500 hectares, part of which is occupied by the Hunan University.It’s one of Changsha’s most historic spots and is most notable for its academic establishments.

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202 or 305 to get there

Yuelu Hill Park

Yuelu Hill Park


No. 03: Xiangjiang River
Xiangjing River, also known as Xiang River, or simply Xiang, is the largest river in Changsha and Hunan Province. It is one of the largest tributaries of Yangtze River. It passes through the city of Changsha, referred as the mother river of Changsha.

Xiangjiang River Scenic Belt extends from the south Heishipu Bridge to the north of the Moon Island. Constructed in 1995, it holds tens of exercise squares, green belts and historic landscapes with comprehensive functions like flood protection, sightseeing, leisure, relaxation and fitness, etc.

Xiangjiang River

Xiangjiang River


No. 04: Mawangdui Han Tombs
Located in the eastern suburb of Changsha, the famous Mawangdui Han Tombs is one of the most exciting spots in Hunan Province.

All three tombs were excavated between 1972 and 1974. Over 3,000 relics have been unearthed from the tombs like silk products, silk books, silk paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons, herbs and so on. Of which the lacquer works occupy the largest number, including ancient cooking vessels, boxes, kettles, plates and folding screens.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 113m 136 or 168 to get there

Mawangdui Han Tombs

Mawangdui Han Tombs


No. 05: Kaifu Temple
Kaifu Temple, located out of the north door of Changsha, has a history of more than 1000 years. It is one of the Chinese key Buddhist monasteries. With surrounding mountains and clear running water, it was not quite densely populated here in the past.

Kaifu Temple covers more than 48,000 square meters and its building area is more than 8000 square meters. A gate to a monastery, which is a four-pillar and three-layer memorial arch type, and a red wall, 3 meters high, embrace the temple around.

At the gate to a monastery, a horizontal plaque with the words “Ancient Kaifu Temple ”, were written by Chen Haipeng, a garrison commander of Fushan Town in the years called “Guangxu” of Qing Dynasty.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
How to get there: take Bus No.111 and get off at Kaifu Temple; or take Bus No. 106 and get off at Xinhelu Station

Kaifu Temple

Kaifu Temple


No. 06: Yuelu Academy
Yuelu Academy is located on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, on the west bank of the Xiang River.

The renowned Confucian scholars Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi both lectured at the academy. In 1903 the academy became a university, and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University.

As one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures.

The academy has witnessed more than a thousand years of history and is the only one of the ancient Chinese academies of Classical Learning to have evolved into a modern institution of higher learning.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202, 305 or Lisha Special Line to get there

Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


No. 07: Orange Isle
Orange Isle is located at the city center of Changsha, and also the center of Xiang River. Watched from the Peak of Mount Yuelu, Orange Isle is like a black silk ribbon lying in the middle of the river and like a dark yellowish green barrier while seen in the river bank.

The isle has been a popular site for summer vacation for a long time. Orange Isle connects the Mount Yuelu in the west and the downtown in the east, with a length of 5km and a width of 50-200 meters and a total area of 70kms. Orange Isle comprises three nearly connected isles: upper isle, middle isle and lower isle.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 07;00-22:00
How to get there: take Bus No.1 to Dachunqiao

Orange Isle

Orange Isle

No. 08: Tianxin Pavilion
Changsha is a city with long history, so there are some historic sites and Tianxin Pavilion is one of them. Tianxin Pavilion is a pavilion standing on the ancient walls.

It is located on the ancient rampart of Changsha. It was built by the general of  the army Yang Xi in 1746, the 11th year of Qianlong Period in Qing Dynasty. It covers a total area of 864 square meters, which was the tiptop of the city at that time.

The existed pavilion was rebuilt in 1983, of the timberwork-like style, with brown tiles, painted pillars, three layers and corridor. The main pavilion is supported by 60 wood pillars, with 32 copper bells, 10 kissing dragon. There are also some precious calligraphy and painting by famous people treasured up in the pavilion.

Entrance Fee: CNY 32
Opening Hours: 08;00-18:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 11, 314 or 202 and get off at Tianxin Garden.

Tianxin Pavilion

Tianxin Pavilion


No. 09: Changsha Window of the World
Window of the World is located on the bank of Liuyang River, in the northeast suburb of Changsha, covering an area of 400 thousand square meters, with a total investment of 360 million yuan.

The Window of the World is situated beside a river and at the foot of a mountain. There are green plants everywhere, with the gardens in different style, which has added beauty and charm to the Window of World. There are more than 100 great interests all over the world in the park, which manifest the art historic and exotic atmosphere.

The Window of the World in Changsha has combined the magnificent of the World, historic site all over the world, the customs of all the countries, and all the artistic performance together, representing a splendid world to us.

Entrance Fee: CNY 130
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 158, 127, 136 or 501 to get to Changsha Window of the World

No. 10: Hunan First Normal College
Hunan First Normal College has a long and splendid history, and always been enjoying a good reputation of “acadmey of thousand years and normal school of centuries”. Its glorious revolutionary and educational traditions and attract the public’s admiration and attention.

The college has been rewards as an excellent unit in education, teaching and research by the nation and Hunan Province, and also rewarded as a garden unit by Hunan Province and Changsha City. It is one of the key preservative units with cultural relics and patriotic education bases in Hunan Province.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are many buses pass by Hunan First Normal College, including Bus No. 1, 122, 134, 139, 160, 901, 908 West Line, 908 East Line, etc.

Hunan First Normal College

Hunan First Normal College

Tip : Hassle-free Changsha Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Changsha:

Changsha Highlight Day Tour  from US$ 89 p/p
Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour  from US$ 499 p/p
Changsha Car Rental with a driver from US$ 95

 

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie.
How to Get to Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha.
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.
Zhangjiajie Tour.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Changsha Taxi: Changsha Taxi Fares, Tips and Phone

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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Plan your Changsha tour? At the time of my writing, Changsha has over 6,500 taxies operated by several taxi companies. Both cash and IC card are acceptable when you take a taxi in Changsha.Basically it is safe and convenient for you to take a cab in Changsha.

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If you want to rent a car with driver to visit Changsha on your own way, check out the link for more information: Changsha Car Rental.

Taxi Models in Changsha
The mainly model of taxi in Changsha is Jetta. Others are Weizhi, Elysee, Coralla-Toyota and so on.

Changsha Taxi Fares:
Daytime
•RMB8 within 2 kilometer
•RMB 2 for each succeeding kilometer
•an extra 50% surcharge for an empty run for a single trip
At night from 21:00-05:00
•RMB 10 within 2 kilometer
•RMB 1 is added for each distance covered based on the daytime standard
•RMB 2.4for each succeeding kilometer

Taxi  Call in Changsha
Tel: 0731-83848460


Hailing a cab in Changsha
•The best places to hail a taxi: the main streets in Changsham, the train station, the Airport, Bus stops, Scenic Spots, Hotels and Taix Stands.

Changsha Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Changsha
Your car driver knows the streets in Changsha and the way to major destinations in Changsha;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip


Changsha Taxi Stands
You will find some taxi stands on the main road in Changsha, however, passengers prefer to hail a taxi anywhere they feel convenient. The taxi stands have always been ignored.

Changsha Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Changsha, please contact the following:
•Changsha Taxi Complaining No.: 0731-4303488

Changsha Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of Changsha, you can have a bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.
•Huanghua Airport – Changsha West Station: RMB80
•Changsha South Stration – Long-distance Station: RMB26
•Changsha Airport- Changsha Museum: RMB80-100

Tip : Hassle-free Changsha  Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Changsha guided tours:

Changsha Highlight Day Tour from US$ 89 p/p

Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour from US$ 499 p/p

Changsha Car Rental with a driver
from US$ 95

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan

Any questions, just drop  a line.