Rich in traditions and heritage, Changsha is an authentic Chinese metropolis that promises fascinating arts and cultural discoveries from food to historic landmarks. As an important creative hub for TV and entertainment, the city is always buzzing with activities from China and beyond.
Discover the city with sightseeing tours and the adventure continues into the Changsha nightlife. All these and more, as you start your journey with Modena by Fraser Changsha.
Another well-known bar street in Changsha, Hualongchi is abuzz late into the evening, and good for meeting both Chinese and foreign friends.
Jiefang Xilu at Furong District 解放西路 – 芙蓉区
What better way to kick start - or wind down - your evening than a stroll along Changsha’s bar street? Great for a spot of people-watching over a cocktail or two!
Huangxing Road Pedestrian Street 黄兴步行街 (传统)
A two-kilometer stretch of charming stores and cafés, selling all manner of souvenirs and local specialities.
Wuyi Road 五一路
The area around the intersection of Wuyi Road and Huangxing Road is one of Changsha’s premium shopping destinations. In particular, the shopping malls around Wuyi Square are great for a browse.
West Lake Restaurant 西湖楼
One of the biggest restaurants in the world, this 5,000-seat eatery serves up xiang cai (local flavors of Hunan), as well as Cantonese fare, carefully prepared by more than 300 chefs!
… And of course, if you find yourself craving more familiar flavors, most of the larger hotels around town offer a first-rate buffet!
Huo Gong Dian 火宫殿
Not to be confused with a restaurant chain of the same name, Fire God Palace is actually the site of an ancient temple fair. Today, it’s a great spot to sample typical Hunan delicacies such as glutinous rice buns, stinky tofu… and lots of spice!
Orange Island 橘子洲
Despite its small size, this narrow island in the middle of the Xiangjiang River offers up several surprises: complete with a beach, orange tree plantation, and huge statue of Chairman Mao, it’s well worth a visit.
Yuelu Park 岳麓山
A lush, 500 hectare park surrounding Yuelu Academy, Hunan University, and several other renowned educational institutions this sprawling park offers respite and relaxation from Changsha’s hustle and bustle.
Taiping Jie – 太平街
A contemporary take on an ancient shopping street, Taiping Jie is a great spot for picking up batik textiles from western Hunan, speciality tea, and jewellery handcrafted by Miao people.
Meixi Lake International Culture and Art Center 梅溪湖国际文化艺术中心
With dramatic architecture by late British architect Zaha Hadid, the Meixi Lake International Culture and Art Center is poised to open its dramatic doors in June 2017, and will house a museum, 1,800-seat theater, and multipurpose hall.
Biannual Golden Eagle TV Festival 中国金鹰电视艺术节
Dubbed the Chinese Emmys, the Golden Eagle Award is a highlight of the entertainment calendar. Held every two years, the preceding festival features a packed program of screenings and appearances by stars of the small-screen.
Kaifu Temple 开福寺
In the Kaifu district, one of China’s great Buddhist Temples and listed as one of the most important Buddhist Temples of the Han era.
Yuelu Academy 岳麓书院
Now part of Hunan University and a seat of learning since the Song dynasty, Yuelu Shuyuan - or ‘the one thousand year academy,’ as it is known - features ornate pavilions housing a number of historic artefacts, including the Lushan Temple Tablet
Hunan Provincial Museum 湖南省博物馆
A must-visit for culture vultures, this sprawling museums houses fascinating relics from nearby archeological site, the Mawangdui Tombs, which date from the Han Dynasty.