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  • Changsha Introduction

    Changsha Introduction

    Time-honored academy, ancient relics, spicy food, vibrant bars, popular TV shows and colorful fireworks just make the city a must for visitors.Changsha, the “Star City”, is the capital of Hunan Province. Situated in the lower Xiangjiang River Valley and nestled against Yuelu Mountain, it has a recorded history of nearly 3,000 years.A venerable history and ancient culture are the city’s most distinguishing features.Fantastic antiquities include the well-preserved mummy of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the Mawangdui tombs, and is a historical wonder well worth viewing.Thousands of relics have been unearthed including silk products, paintings, lacquerware, pottery and bamboo writing slips, weapons, and herbs. All will be exhibited in the Hunan Provincial Museum. Presently [April 2015] closed for renovation it will towards the end of 2015. Located at 50 DongFeng Road Changsha it is adjacent to Hunan Martyr’s park.Yuelu Academy, located at the foot of scenic Yuelu Mountain, symbolizes Hunanese education. A number of historically important figures and culturally important relics originated in Changsha, making it one of one of the China’s premier historical and cultural cities. These sites are the settings for the old stories of a great number of celebrities, including Qu Yuan, Jia Yi, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi.Delicious Hunan Cai will never disappoint you.Xiang Cuisine--one of the China’s Eight Cuisines- is fine and delicate in appearance with piquant spicy and sour tastes. Muscular and peppery it is a fiery equal to Sichuan Cuisine. Regardless of snack featured– Huogongdian’s (Fire Palace), ‘Stinky Tofu’ or ‘Sisters Rice Balls’ or Nanmenkou’s spicy shrimp, the savory local foods will not disappoint.Folk performances and modern entertainment combine to present a blend of the traditional and the modern.Changshaians are renowned for their acting and have created various traditional folk forms, including local operas, storytelling, drum opera, acrobatics, and other dramatic styles. Hospitality and enthusiasm flow from vigorous dance performances. KTV squares, disco parlors, clubs, and dancing squares illuminate the city at night. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, though not as vast as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own style, in which there are romantic quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses and western style restaurants.
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  • Changsha Orange Isle

    Changsha Orange Isle

    Watched from the Peak of Mount Yuelu, Orange Isle is like a black silk ribbon lying in the middle of the river and like a dark yellowish green barrier while seen in the river bank.As the world\'s longest inland river isle, Orange Isle connects the Mount Yuelu in the west and the downtown in the east, with a length of 5km and a width of 50-200 meters and a total area of 70kms. Orange Isle comprises three nearly-connected isles: upper isle, middle isle and lower isle. The upper isle is called Ox-head Isle and middle isle Land-and-water Isle, while the lower isle is called Fujia Isle. Orange Isle referred to at present includes Ox-head Isle and Land-and-water Isle.The isle has been a popular site for summer vacation for a long time. During his youth, Mao Zedong spent a lot of time walking on the beach, swimming and sunbathing. There is also a grand white marble monument, on which there are two seal cuttings: four Chinese characters Ju Zi Zhou Tou (Orange Isle) and a classical Chinese poem QinYuan Chun-Changsha, both of which are Mao Zedong\'s works.Orange Isle Park was originally set up in 1960 for entertainment and service and today the island is under construction to be a more attractive sightseeing destination, which will integrate gardening, traveling, entertainment, sports, culture and commerce. In the plan, the area will be divided into Two Corridors and Seven Garden: Hunan Culture Corridor, On-water Amusement Corridor, Orange Garden, Garden of the Nature, Park of Harmonious Guests, Plaza of Shopping and Foods, GYM Center, Relaxation Resort and Wildlife Park. And an even more beautiful Orange Isle will surely bring more pleasure to every tourist.Transport: Bus Nos.18 and 317 in ChangshaTel: (86)731-88825011Source: Hunan Official Web Portal
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  • Changsha Yuelu Academy

    Changsha Yuelu Academy

    Yuelu Academy, one of the four greatest academies in ancient China, is situated at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. Yuelu Academy began to run more than 1,000 years ago. It was operated by monks in its earlier period. In 976 AD, Zhu Dong, a prefect of Tanzhou(ancient name of Changsha), took over the administrative power and handed it to the Confucian scholars. Henceforth, for more than one thousand years, Yuelu Academy has been a divine spot for Confucianism education and a center of culture and literature. Yuelu Academy mainly comprises the Main Gate, the Lecture Hall, Lushan Temple Tablet, Yushu Library, Wenchang Pavilion, Six Gentleman Hall, Ten-sacrificial-vessels Hall, Grand Sunlight Platform, the Banxue Building, the Hexi Platform, etc. The words Yue Lu Shu Yuan (Yuelu Academy) on the horizontal board of the Main Gate were inscriptions of Zhenzong, an Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD). From then on, Yuelu Academy became well-known all around the country and students came to study in an endless stream. On the door posts of the gate are couplets which read Wei Chu You Cai, Yu Si Wei Sheng (the Kingdom of Chu, the unique home of talents; the Academy of Yuelu, the very cradle of all). This couplet originates from Chinese classics and it is very appropriate given the fact that talents have been brought up continuously by the Academy since its establishment. The Lecture Hall, also called a \\\"Hall of Loyalty, Filial Piety, Integraty and Chastity\\\", is a core building of the Academy. Located at the heart of the Academy, the Lecture Hall is the most important place for teaching and momentous ceremony. In the 6th year of Qiandao Reign (1168 A), Southern Song Dynasty, the famous idealist Zhang Shi and Zhu Xi made a joint lecture here, which was the first joint lecture in the Confucian academies of China. There are also many valuable culture relics of steles in the Lecture Hall. On the inner walls of the hall are engraved four big Chinese Characters- Zhong, Xiao, Lian, Jie (loyalty, piety, honesty and integrity) which were written by the great scholar Zhu Xi. Others such as \\\"Uniform and stand as a mark of respect\\\" written and set by one master of the Qing Dynasty, Ouyang Zhenghuan and the stele \\\"School Regulations\\\" written by master Wang Wenqing of Qing Dynasty are all the important historical materials for the study of the education in China\\\'s Confucian academies. They still have their own enlightening meaning to us nowadays. During a history of more than one thousand years, there have been countless talented students learning here. Especially in the late 19th century and 20th century, it witnessed a great number of patriotic thinkers, politicians, militarists, industrialists and diplomats. In 1903, the academy was converted into an advanced school and was officially renamed Hunan University in 1926. Today, Yuelu Academy, which has undergone restorations, has been listed as a key historical site under the state protection. It still shoulders the responsibility of conducting academic researches and training professionals. Transport: Bus Nos. 202, 913, 902, 305, Lishan special line, Tour line 1st. It takes just about 30 minutes ride to the railway station, and one hour to the airportAdmission (for reference): RMB 30 yuan/adultTel:(86)731-88822316Opening hours: 7:30 - 18:00 (May 1st- October 31st)8:00 - 17:30 (November 1st- April 30th)Source: Hunan Official Web Portal
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  • Mao Zedong's former residence

    Mao Zedong's former residence

    Shaoshan, one of the four major revolutionary memorial lands of China, has been well known in the world because of Mao Zedong, a great leader of China. With fascinating scenery, Shaoshan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is mainly composed of Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Shaofeng Peak, Dishui Cave, Qingxi and Heishizhai scenic areas.Former Residence of Mao ZedongThe Former Residence of Mao Zedong is one of the national AAAA scenic spots. The residence named Shangwuchang, is located in a valley which is well landscaped. The house that faces the south was built with adobe and grey tile- roofed. It is of a half-timbered structure, and used to be a normal farmer house in the south of China. In the front there are rice fields and pools, in the back there is a hill with diverse trees, on the left there is a vegetable field and on the right there are vegetable fields, rice fields and grain-sunning ground. It covers a land area of 566.39 square meters, with 20 rooms. The east part of the residence with 14 rooms belonged to Mao\\\'s family, whilst the west part with 5 rooms belonged to his neighbors, and the living room was shared by the two families. Mao Zedong was born here on Dec. 26, 1893. He spent his childhood and boyhood here. In the fall of 1910 he left this village for study. After he joined the revolution, Mao Zedong returned ShaoShan for 5 times, for the purpose of revolution, inspecting or visiting his villagers. In 1966 he came here for the last time and spent the time in Dishui Cave (Dripping Water Cave). This residence was destructed in 1929 by Kuomintang, after 1950 its original appearance was recovered. In April, 1961, this former residence was announced by the State Council as a Key National Historical Reservation Unit, and then in 1982 its name was changed to Former Residence from Original Residence. Now all the rooms have been renovated to be their original appearance and layouts: their bedrooms (Mao, his parents and his two brothers\\\'), the living room, kitchen and other rooms. The historical relics include: the furniture in Mao\\\'s bedroom and his parents\\\' bedroom (bed, wardrobe, desks, stool and chair), the jar and cupboard in the kitchen, stone grinder, man-driven irrigation tool and the harrow in the Farm Implements Room, the rice pestle and man-driven blower for rice in the Pestle Room.
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  • Changsha Yuelu Mountain

    Changsha Yuelu Mountain

    The name Mount Yuelu is related to a famous line from the book\" Story of Nanyue\" written by Liu Song of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420AD-589AD). The line reads eight hundred square meters around Nanyue, the head is Huiyan and the foot is Yuelu. And the mountain was ever since called Mount Yuelu. As an extended part of the mysterious Mount Hengshan range, Mount Yuelu covers a total area of 8 square kilometers with its highest peak 297 meters above sea level. There are also many peaks with exuberant trees and reclusive and precipitous mountain streams.Except for the beautiful natural sceneries, Mount Yuelu is also dotted with lots of famous places and ancient relics since Western Han Dynasty(206BC-25AD), such as Aiwan Pavilion, Lushan Temple, Wangxiang Pavilion, Lushan Temple Stele of Liyong (678AD-747AD) in Tang Dynasty, and the Monument to Emperor Yu carved in Song Dynasty, etc. Among the evergreen pines and cypresses also lie Huangxing\'s Tomb which is under state protection, and the Tombs of Cai E and Chen Tianhua, who were both outstanding revolutionists.Aiwan PavilionAs one of the four well-known pavilions in China, Aiwan pavilion is a pavilion of ancient style built in the Qing Dynasty. It is square in form with gilt columns and painted red inside. There are four external beams made with complete stripes of granite. It is constructed with double eaves on top with four slopes. And a spiking treasure bottle is fitted atop. Its four corners stretch away upward, covered with greenish glazed tiles.The original name of Aiwan Pavilion was Hongye Pavilion and the present name is derived from the poem Strolling in the Mountain written by Du Mu (a poet of Tang Dynasty).Aiwan Pavilion is not only a famous scenic spot, but also an important site of treasured memories of the revolutionaries like Mao Zedong, Cai Hesen, and Luo Xuezan.Lushan TempleThe Lushan Temple, also known as Luyuan or Huiguang Temple, built by the monk master Fachong of Zan religion during the Jin Dynasty (265AD-420AD), has a long history of more than 1700 years. The temple was first built in the second year of Renshou during the reign of Emperor Wen of the Sui Dynasty (581AD-618AD) as he gave an imperial edict that a pagoda for Buddhist relics be built. During the 18th year of Kaiyuan under the reign of Emperor Tang Xuanzong, the well-known writer and calligrapher Li Yong wrote \"Lushan Temple\" for the stele, known as San Jue Bei, a stele perfect in such three aspects as literary talent, calligraphy and engraving.Originally, it had a main hall and a rear hall, however, nowadays only the rear hall remains there. The arch gate of the temple is built in the local architectural style and upon it there is a sign bearing the legend \"Ancient Lushan Temple\".It is roofed with yellowish tiles and supported by red columns.The Lushan Temple Stele, a black stone with a round top, is a well-known stele of ancient China. Four Chinese characters of \"Lu Shan Si Bei\"(Lushan Temple Stele) were inscribed on it and the inscription on it contains 1419 Chinese characters which recorded the origins and the development of Buddhist doctrine preaching activities through the period between the establishment of the temple in the Jin Dynasty (265AD-420AD) and the setup of the stele in the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD).Transport: Bus Nos. 202, 913, 902, 305, Lishan special line, Tour line 1st. It takes just about 30 minutes ride to the railway station, and one hour to the airportAdmission (for reference): Free of charge nowTel:(86)731-88822316Opening hour: 7:30-18:00 (May 1st-October 31st)8:00-17:30(November 1st-April 30th)Information updated on January 8, 2012: Yuelu Mountain & Orange Isle Scenic Area was successfully upgraded to the sixth national 5A-class scenic area in Hunan Province.In recent years, the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee and the Changsha Municipal People\'s Government have made great efforts in the renovation and environmental treatment of the scenic spot, investing 1.67 billion yuan in upgrading the Orange Isle Scenic Spot and 2.25 billion yuan in Tianma Mountain Scenic Spot for ecological restoration and environmental treatment. Due to the remarkable development and environmental improvement recently, it was successfully upgraded to a national 5A-class tourism area, taking Yuelu Mountain, Orange Isle, Yuelu Academy and Xinmin Institute as a whole. The plate will be conferred at a later date.Source: Hunan Official Web Portal
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  • Zhuzhou Fantawild Adventure Theme Park

    Zhuzhou Fantawild Adventure Theme Park

    Fantawild Adventure Theme Park was jointly designed and constructed by Fantawild Holdings Inc. Fantawild Adventure will excite and entertain visitors with a large variety of attractions, featuring the high-end technology, along with interactive environment and entertainment attractions.Fantawild Adventure Park is a park that blends modern technology, traditional theme and spectacular attractions, which covers an exceptional pleasure ground. This breakthrough theme park requires a space of 40,000 to 600,000 square meters land and can uniquely modify the park according to the available dimensions. Each theme is masterfully developed to create contemporary amusement and memorable experience.
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  • Xiangtan Introduction

    Xiangtan Introduction

    As the birthplace of Mao Zedong and a pilgrimage site for Chinese revolution, Xiangtan is a must-go where you can find everything related to Chairman Mao from his former residence to “dishes of the Mao family” to his brilliant life.Xiangtan is a city in central Hunan and located at the lower reaches of Xiangjiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River. Relics from Daxi culture indicates that local tribes lived in Xiangtan area 5,000 years ago. It became a city 2,500 years ago during the late Shang Dynasty.Shaoshan Village, about 130 kilometers south-westward to Changsha, is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this great man. People erected a statue of Chairman Mao and have preserved his former residence as a tourist site. A museum and other memorial spots in the scenic area create a solemn atmosphere. More than three million people from home and abroad come to visit Mao Zedong’s hometown every year.In addition, the city was also cradle of other revolutionary leaders including Liu Shaoqi, Hu Yaobang and former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji. Therefore, it acts as a good place to learn more about China’s modern history.“Binglang,” the dried areca nut, sometimes referred to as betel nut is so popular among local people that men, women and even children love it. Xiangtan has a humid subtropical climate with distinctive four seasons featured long and hot summer, cold, cloudy and damp winter with occasional flurries. The annual average temperature is 16.7°C to 17.4°C, and 4.1°C in January and 29.7°C in July.
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  • Xiangtan Shaofeng Peak

    Xiangtan Shaofeng Peak

    To the south of the Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Shaofeng Peak, with the height of 518.9 meters above sea level, is the highest peak in Shaoshan County and the 71st mountain of Nanyue. The main tourist attractions in the area include the Stele Forest of Chairman Mao\'s Poems, Shaofeng Temple, Liuchao Pine, Ancient Rouge Well, etc.Under a clear and boundless sky, standing on Shaofeng Peak, we will take in general picture of Xiangtan, Xiangxiang, and Ninxiang at a glance.Transport: K585 air conditioned trains go from Changsha railway station to Shaoshan CountyTel:(86)732-55682087
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