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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province in the south-central China. The city has flourished steadily from Xiangjiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River, passing through the city from north to south. Today, Changsha is well known for its sights related to Mao Zedong Mao ( Dec 26, 1893 – Sept 9, 1976), a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China.

The attractions in Changsha are quite varied, thanks to its long history and the diversity of events which have happened here. It also has a rich collection of Parks and Gardens enjoyed by both visitors and locals. Changsha also serves as a launch pad to jump to its neighbors such as Shaoshan, Zhangjiajie and Fenghua Old Town.

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» Changsha Highlight Day Tour
Changsha Highlight Day Tour Destination: Changsha
Duration: One Day (8 hours)
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CS-01
Price: Starting from US$ 89 p/p
Customizable: Yes

» Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour
Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour Destination: Zhangjiajie from Changsha
Duration:  3 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CS-02
Price: Starting from US$ 499 p/p
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Changsha Car Rental with Driver Our chauffeur services include airport and railway transfers as well as private drivers to pick you up and drop you off at your various highlights in Changsha and excursions to Shaoshan and Zhangjiajie. We keep the most competitive prices and use reputable licensed private hire vehicle operators. 

Changsha Car Rental with a driver from US$ 95

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Changsha Travel Information
Train Travel to Changsha
Changsha  is on the Jingguang Railway Line running between Beijing and Guangzhou with plenty of trains passing by Changsha.  There are two main passenger railway stations in Changsha - Changsha Railway Station and Changsha South Railway Station.  Changsha Railway Station is centrally located while Changsha South Railway a bit far away from Changsha city center.  The two railway stations are connected by Subway Line 2.

Changsha Railway Station
Located south of Wuyi Avenue in the heart of Changsha, it is a main passenger railway station receiving common trains (K, T and Z trains ). All the high speed trains have been removed to Changsha South Railway Station. Add: Chezhan North Road, Furong District, Changsha 长沙市芙蓉区车站北路(五一大道路口)
Tel: 0731 - 82637122

Changsha South Railway Station
Located around 10km to the southeast of Changsha Railway Station, Changsha South is mainly designed for high speed trains. Destinations include Beijing ( 7 hours ) , Shanghai ( 5 hours ) and Guangzhou (Less than 3 hours). Add: Lituo, Yuhua District, Changsha
Tel: 0731-95105105
Flight Travel to Changsha
Changsha Huanghua International Airport is situated around 25km east of the centrally located Changsha Railway Station. It is connected to the major cities in China - Beijing (two hours), Kunming (two hours), Xian (2 hours), Shanghai (2 hours) and Zhangjiajie (50 mininutes).

Taxis from Jinan airport to the down town costs about 120 yuan. The airport shuttle buses go between the airport and Aviation Hotel, and run hourly from 6: 00 to 18:00,costing 16 yuan.

Add: Huanghua Town, Changsha County, Changsha
Tel: 0731 - 96777
Overland Travel to and from Changsha
Changsha has a very developed network of roads and highways connecting all the major cities and towns within Hunan Province and neighboring provinces. There are multiple long-distance bus stations in Changsha. The main passengers bus stations are Changsha South Bus Station, Changsha East Bus Station and Changsha West Bus Station.

Most travelers would go to South Bus Station to buy bus tickets for their destinations. To go there, you may take Bus 107 or 7 from Changsha Railway Station.

1.South Bus Station
Add: 811, Zhongyi Yilu, Changsha 长沙市中意一路811号
Destinations include Guilin ( 6 hours ), Shanghai (16 hours) and Zhangjiajie (4 hours )

2.East Bus Station
Add: 1021, Yuanda Yilu, Changsha 长沙市远大一路1021号
Tel: 0731-84611731
Destinations: Northeast Hunan Province

3.West Bus Station
Add: 49 Fenglin Sanlu, Changsha 长沙市岳麓区枫林三路49号
Tel: 0731 - 82857676
Destinations: Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang
Get around in Changsha
Changsha Taxi
Taxis is the most convenient tool of transport to get around in the city of Changsha. It is better to have your address written in Chinese.
• Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
• If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of Changsha, you have to bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.
• Huanghua Airport – Changsha City center: around 100 yuan
• Changsha South Station – Long-distance Station: 30 yuan

Changsha Public Bus
Taking a bus in Changsha is not easy and somewhat daunting like most of the cities in China. If you want to act like a native for experiencing the bus crowds, you may take Tourism Bus 3 (游3). The tourism public bus circles the city covering some shopping areas and interesting places like Tianxin Pavilion, Changsha Bamboo Museum and so on.

Changsha Subway
The subway line 2 connects Changsha Railway Station, Changsha South Railway Station, Changsha East Bus Station and the down town - Wuyi Square.
When to Visit in Changsha
Changsha has a humid subtropical climate with average annual precipitation is 1,330 millimeters. The four seasons are distinct. The summers are long and hot, with heavy rainfall, and autumn is comfortable with abundant sunlight. Winter is comparatively dry (but somewhat damp and overcast) and rather brief, but cold snaps occur with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing.

The period from October through May is the best time to visit Changsha. Summer could be very hot and sticky. Basically the other three seasons - Winter, Spring and Autumn are suitable for sightseeing in Changsha.
Where to Stay in Changsha
Budget Hotels
Changsha International Youth Hostel: 61 Gong Shang Xiang, Dongfeng Road, Changsha Tel: 82990202
Jinjiang Inn: 1 Dingfeng Road, Changsha Tel: 88281888
7 Days Inn (Changsha Walk Street Second): No.440 Huangxing South Road, Tianxin District, Changsha

Standard Hotels
Xiaoxiang Huatian Hotel: No.593 Furong Middle Road, Furong District, Changsha
Grand Sun City Hotel: No.269 Third Section of Furong Middle Road, Changsha

Deluxe Hotels
Sheraton Changsha Hotel: 478, Furong Zonglu, Changsha Tel: 82179999
Crowne Plaza Changsha City Centre: No.868 Wu Yi Avenue, Kaifu District, Changsha
InterContinental Changsha: No.1500 Xiangjiang North Road, Kaifu District, Changsha 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.
Yuelu Academy (岳麓书院) Yuelu Academy is located on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, on the west bank of the Xiangjiang 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.

Orange Isle (橘子洲)
Orange Isle is located at the city center of Changsha, and also the center of Xiangjiang 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 50000 meters and a total area of 70kms. Orange Isle comprises three nearly-connected isles: upper isle, middle isle and lower isle.

Tianxin Pavilion (天心阁)
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 ofQianlong Period in Qing Dynasty. It covers a total area of 864 square meters, which was the tiptop of the city at that time.

Hunan First Normal College (第一师范学院旧址)
Hunan First Normal College has a long and splendid history, and always been enjoying a good reputation of "academy of thousand years and normal school of centuries". Its glorious revolutionary and educational traditions and attract the public's admiration and attention. Chairman Mao studied here from 1913 to 1918. He returns to teach classes from 1920 to 1922.
Local Cuisines in Changsha
Changsha food is also called as Xiang Cai (Hunan Cuisine), named after Xiangjiang, the major river passing by the city in the west. Changsha cuisine, like Sichuan food, is well known for its spicy food, but without the additional ma, numbing affect of certain spices and pepper. Changsha is also noted for its stinky tofu, the most popular street food.

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