Changsha

Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province, located 833 km (516 ml) north of Guangzhou and 1,645 km (1,020 ml) south of Beijing. Changsha has a rich history and has played an important role in the affairs of modern China. It was here that Mao Zedong first started his revolutionary career. Changsha today is the political, economic and cultural center of Hunan.

Attractions

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  1. Hunan Province Museum

    The museum is the home of numerous previous historical artifacts, which well represent the rich history of this part of China. Among most valuable of the museum's collections are the relics from the tomb of Marquis Dai at Mawangdui, which date back to the 2nd century B.C. and were excavated in the 1970s. Along with treasures such as silk and lacquer-wares, there is the well-preserved body of Xin Zhui, the wife of Marquis Dai. The museum is located on Dongfeng Road in Kaifu District.

  2. Orange Island

    Juzizhou (Orange Island) is an long, narrow island in the Xiang River, five km in length. Its name came from the orange trees that grow all over the island. In the public park located on the island, there are boating, swimming and other facilities to entertain visitors. A nice place to take a walk and bicycle around and to look back on the skyline of Changsha. Juzi Zhou Bridge connects the island to the western and eastern banks of the Xiang River.

  3. Shaoshan Mao's Home Village

    Shaoshan, a small village 100 km southwest of Changsha, was the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the communist leader and the founder of the People's Republic China. Born in 1893, Shaoshan was Mao's home until he left to go to college in Changsha. Preserved in Shaoshan is the old Mao residence and related historical sites.

  4. Window of the World in Changsha

    This is a miniature amusement park that presents, on smaller scales, architecture and sights from around the globe, with attractions are Japan Garden, Egyptian Pyramids, Southeast Asian Village, and Cowboy Street. This is a sister park Windows of the World in Shenzhen. Occupying 100 acres of land, the park is located in the northeastern suburb of Changsha, next to the Hunan Exhibition and Conference Center.

  5. Yuelu Academy

    Originally established in the 10th century, the Yuelu Academy (Yuelu Shuyuan) holds an important position in the intellectual history of China. Its was associated with quite a few renown historical figures. The academy is located on the eastern side of Yuelu Mountain. The existing buildings on the historical ground mostly date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th century), and Hunan University operates an institute by the same name.

  6. Yuelu Mountain

    Yuelu Mountain is the main scenic area in Changsha, located on the western bank of the Xiang River. The Yuelu Mountain Scenic Area currently occupies 35 square kilometers of land, where one finds both natural beauty and site of historical importance. Of the latter, there are the thousand-year old Lushan Temple (Lushan Si), King Yu Stele (Yu Wang Bei), which dates back to the Song Dynasty, and Sunset Pavilion (Ai Wan Ting), which was built in the 18th century and where a young college student by the name of Mao Zedong used to study.

Airport

Changsha Huanghua International Airport is 25 west of Changsha. Transportation: shuttle buses and taxis.