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About

Located in the south of China, Changsha is close to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The buses and taxis can get you anywhere you need to go. The city is famous for its spicy food, which rivals Sichuan food in popularity. There are some interesting sites nearby that make for nice day trips. If you want to hang out in the city, there are plenty of nightlife and international cuisine. Climate wise, the area is humid in spring and summer, while winter here is cold and dry.

 

TRANSPORTATION

AirChangsha Huanghua International Airport serves Changsha and its neighboring cities in the Hunan Province.  The airport is the 13th largest airport in China, and can be accessed by public transportation.

Train: The Changsha Railway Station a key transportation hub to the surrounding Chinese region, and can be used throughout Changsha.  The South Railway Station utilizes bullet trains in case you need a faster mode of transportation to other cities.

Bus: There are 3 tourist bus routes in Changsha, which can take you to all of the major locations found throughout Changsha.  Additionally Changsha has a subway system with 3 lines, and there are plans to add 2 additional ones soon. 

Taxi: The taxis in Changsha are plentiful, and most drivers know where most building are in the city.  Contrary to other cities, the when taxi's light is red that means the taxi is available, while blue means off duty.

Shopping:

Wuyi Square Shopping Circle is found the heart of Changsha and offers a variety of department stores, grocery stores and hotels.  Fashion and clothing is popular in Changsha, offering visitors both western and Chinese styles of clothing and other goods.  Additionally international chains can be found throughout the city, such as Walmart.  While you're shopping feel free to check out the cultural statues of Ronald McDonald and other iconic symbols dotting Changsha.  Huang Xing Lu is a famous street in Changsha stretching a whopping 830 meters.  In this street you will find all kinds of shoppes, food and culture local only to Changsha.

 

Food and Drink:

Changsha is known for its jasmine tea, which is has a more floury taste than green tea.  JeFeng Coffee is a highly regarded establishment in Changsha that offers a wide variety of teas and coffee.

The food in Changsha is known for its unique taste and spicy flavor.  As one of the eight cuisines in China, Hunan Cuisine is prevalent throughout the city and is known for its spice and its exotic arrangement of vegetables.  Haidilao Hotpot is the top ranked restaraunt in the city, and contains the best of Hunan cuisine with a hotpot style of cooking.

As for nightlife in Changsha KTV is extremely popular, and as accustomed to singing in public drinks will be readily available.  Jiefang Xilu is a square found in the heart of Changsha that harbors the cities most popular nightclubs including M2, MUSE and SOHO.

 

There are also many dishes particular to Changsha that you should check out and try:

 The fish head dish covered in a pepper sauce

The fish head dish covered in a pepper sauce

 The wide variety of street food found in Changsha

The wide variety of street food found in Changsha

 A crayfish pot found in Changsha

A crayfish pot found in Changsha

Historical Sites and Sightseeing Opportunities:

M2

Changsha Bamboo Slips Museum

Yuela Academy

Changsha Window of the World

Hunan Martyr's Park

 Yuela Academy

Yuela Academy

 Changsha Bamboo Slips Museum

Changsha Bamboo Slips Museum

 Changsha Window of the World

Changsha Window of the World

Zhuzhou, Yiyang, and Yichun are all cities close to Changsha.  They are certainly worth visiting.