Changsha City Map
Changsha Travel Guide
As the capital of Hunan, Changsha is located in the river valley along the lower part of Xiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River. Covering a total area of 11,819 square kilometers, it has a population of more than 6,017,600 people with many minority ethnic groups. According to the primitive Tomb relics witnessing the earliest human of activities, Changsha has absolutely the recorded history of more than 3000 years. Although not like Beijing, Nanjing or Xian, Changsha has its distinct culture heritage, including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings.
In recent years, the entertainment industry is on vogue in Changsha because of its TV Programs such as the Super Girl, a Chinese Female version of the UK Pop Idol or the American Idol. The singing bars, dance clubs, theater shows, as well as related business like hair salons, fashion stores and hot spicy snacks at night are emerging in this fashionable and centuries-old city.
Location and Topography of Changsha
Changsha is located in the east central Hunan province with many mountainous areas in the west and in the north. Its terrain is high in the west and low in the east. The Xiang River, a large branch of the Yangtze River, cuts through this city. The night scenery along the Xiang River is a top attraction in Changsha.
Besides, Changsha is the as the transfer point when travelling to Zhangjiajie, Yueyang, Hengyang or the famous Phoenix Town in the western part of Hunan.
Climate of Changsha
Changsha enjoys a monsoon climate within the sub-tropical zone, with an annual average temperature being 16.8 to 17.2 C and distinct seasons. The summers are sweltering with heats and humidity, while winters are severely cold as those in the northern China cities with about five degrees. Spring, during the months from March through May, is the best time to plan your tour.
Transportation in Changsha
Railways in Changsha: As an important hub of the national Jingguang Railway (Beijing-Guangzhou), Changsha benefits from tail connections to almost every major city in China.
Changsha Railway Station is located in at Chezhan Road, and the City- buses of Nos.108, 110, 113 can take you there.
Highways in Changsha: Changsha is the hub of three inter-province freeways including No.107 Freeway (Beijing-Shenzhen), No.391 Freeway (Chengdu-Xiamen) and No.106 Freeway. A well developed highway network connects Changsha with many major cities in China and buses leaving from the three Long-distance Bus Stations in Changsha serve most of the eastern part of the country.
Airways in Changsha: Changsha Huanghua International Airport is one of the busiest airports in China. There are over 60 air routes connecting Changsha with more than 40 domestic cities and international flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
Waterways in Changsha: The Dongting Lake provides waterways with the Yangtze River. The ships carry passengers to Shanghai, Nanjing, Lianyungang and other ports along the Yangtze River.
Travel & Sightseeing in Changsha
One of the ancient cities with long history, Changsha has many classic cultural sites to see. Although there are not the fantastic heritages or wonders, it still intrigues tourists by the unique cultural and fashionable elements. The famous Yuelu Academy, built in 976, stands at the foot of the scenic Mt. Yuelu on the west bank of Xiangjiang River. Just opposite the Yuelu scenic area and walking across the No. 1 Bridge of the Xiangjiang River, the Long Island (Juzi Zhou) stands there. Mawangdui Han Tombs are the most attractive spots with well-preserved mummified remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman.