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Changsha, China

Changsha is flanked by two considerably more high profile cities – Chengdu, a heaven for foodies, and Guilin, famous for its breathtaking mountains. However, visitors will be surprised to find a rich history and some magnificent natural attractions in this underrated city.

Located on the lower reaches of the Xiang River, the capital city of Hunan Province has been a major political, economic, and cultural centre since the Han Dynasty. Here, travellers can find a plethora of historical relics including tomb sites, paintings and weapons that are well-preserved in the local museum, a must-visit destination for those with a strong interest in Chinese history. Changsha was also once home to many Chinese leaders including Chairman Mao Zedong and former prime minister Zhu Rongji.

In Chinese culinary circles, Changsha is known as the birthplace of Xiang (or Hunan) cuisine, one of the Eight Great Cuisines in China. Dishes here are predominantly spicy and sour, and the preferred method of cooking is steaming.

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What to do

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What to do in Changsha - Shaoshan  


What to do in Changsha - Yuele Mountain  

Yuele Mountain


Orange Isle

Take Metro Line 2 to Orange Isle, a large island south of the city. Besides a huge statue of Mao, the scenic island also features ...


Hunan Martyr's Park

Visit the Hunan Martyr's Park. Here, a huge cenotaph takes centre stage along portraits of revolutionary martyrs involved in the 1...


Where to eat

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Where to eat in Changsha - Huo Gong Dian

Huo Gong Dian

With six branches across the city, this is the best place for tasty, inexpensive Hunan snacks. Avoid going between 1:30pm and 5pm as they will be closed.

Where to eat in Changsha - Yu Lou Dong

Yu Lou Dong

Make a reservation before heading to this time-honoured brand for authentic Hunan cuisine. Alternatively, you can go for a late night snack to avoid the crowds.

Where to eat in Changsha - Xi Hu Lou

Xi Hu Lou

Known for its palace-like site with Chinese pavilions, throne-like chairs, and several beautiful gardens, diners will be treated to a fancy banquet experience in Xi Hu Lou.


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