Changsha is one of China’s great inland metropolises, and it is now opening up for tourism. It is interesting for tourists because it is less touristy, more authentically Chinese, and prices are lower than in the better known tourist locals.
These four most popular tourist attractions are all within about 7 miles or 11 kilometres of each other in the centre of the city. This makes visiting all these places easy while staying in Changsha.
Huangxing Road (黄兴路) Pedestrian Street:
The highlights are the little Chinese shops that give economical prices and a wide selection and the little restaurants and snack stands along it. The lively and friendly atmosphere on the two kilometre street provides an interesting place to shop, and you can save money compared to the more touristy cities.This street is the region’s favourite shopping and dining pedestrian street.
This narrow island and park is in the middle of Changsha in the Xiangjiang River, and it is probably the second most popular attraction for tourists after Mount Yuelu. There are gardens and thousands of fruit trees, frequent grand firework displays in the evening, and a big statue of Mao’s head.
You can get good exercise and walk for an hour up the hill and see both nature and the city skyline in Changsha’s most popular park. Yuelu Academy was one of the first four “universities” in China. It was built in 976. A highlight of the park is a museum about education that teaches people about the historic academy, Hunan University, and China’s modern educational system and goals.
Hunan Provincial Museum:
One of foreign tourists’ most popular highlights is this large museum. Among the thousands of well-preserved artefacts on display from various eras are those from a 2,000 year old Han-era tomb.