Hiking is a good way to experience every vigorous spot and get to know the city we live in at real essence. This is a tour combined with rich culture and the intoxicating scenery. As for Changsha, a city of history and culture as well as China top tourist city, there are several places that are perfect for hiking.
What earns the city its reputation among visitors are two things. One is a great man in recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, a time-honored academic school perched on the scenic Yuelu Mountain. So Mt. Shaoshan and Mt. Yuelu are important destinations for your hiking.
Changsha is a city blessed with mountains, rivers and sandbars. Yuelu Mountain, Liuyang River and Orange Sandbar converge in Changsha City, with Dawei Mountain National Forest Park and Huitang Hotspring Resort outside Changsha City providing alternative places for sightseeing. Mt. Yuelu - The famous Yuelu Academy, located at the foot of the scenic Mt. Yuelu on the west bank of Xiangjiang River, is a 'must-see' attraction in the city.
Originally built in 976, it has a history of more than one thousand years. Either for its glorious past as a reputed feudal academic school in ancient times, or for being the site of Hunan University today, Yuelu Academy is a place in the city that both tourists and students like to visit while appreciate the charming natural vista of the surrounding mountains.
Long Island (Juzi Zhou) is another popular spot for people who’d like to get close to nature. A walk across the No. 1 Bridge over the Xiangjiang River, just opposite the Yuelu scenic area is the Long Island (Juzi Zhou). In midstream of the Xiangjiang River, it runs almost the entire length of the city and gets the name for its long and narrow sandbank.
It was said that Chairman Mao Zedong studied in the No. 1 Normal School here when he was young, and often went swimming in the river or took a walk with friends around the island. Today, a scenic park has been built with a marble monument in the middle with Mao's inscriptions and it is a good place for people to escape the summer heat.
Make sure to eat special offers in the night market of Walk Street located in center Changsha! Changsha people boast to be the best gourmet of China and here people spend a lot of time eating. Browsing Changsha snack, it will list lots of famous snacks that are special owned by Changsha. Street dining and restaurants in the city make every visitor's mouth hot. No matter the featured snacks - 'Stinky Tofu' and 'Sisters'Rice Balls' in Huogongdian (Fire Palace) or the famous spicy shrimps at Nanmenkou, the many types of delicious local food will not disappoint any guests.
Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, although not as prosperous as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own styles. Romantic and quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses, western style restaurants...People of all ages can find their ideal place to spend their leisure time.