Changsha is another hazy, congested, modernChinese city hurrying to divest itself of any architecturaltrace of its past. But it is the capital of Hunan Provinceand gateway to one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Daoism and the gorgeous scenic area of the WorldHeritage Site, Wu Ling Yuan. It is also home to oneof the most exciting tomb collections in China - theMawang Dui, which dates from the Western Handynasty.
There are still some classic cultural sights to seein Changsha, although it is not a city that is all-encompassing when it comes to heritage and wonder.Some tourists choose Changsha as their transfer point when traveling on to Zhangjiajie, Yueyang, Hengyangor the famous Phoenix Town in the western part of Hunan, so here are some things to do and see whilst there.The famous Yuelu Academy, located at the foot of thescenic 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 thousandyears. Either for its glorious past as a reputed feudalacademic school in ancient times, or for being thesite of Hunan University today, Yuelu Academy is aplace in the city that both tourists and students like tovisit while appreciate the charming natural vista of thesurrounding mountains.A walk across the No. 1 Bridge over the XiangjiangRiver, just opposite the Yuelu scenic area is the LongIsland (Juzi Zhou). In midstream of the XiangjiangRiver, it runs almost the entire length of the city andgets the name for its long and narrow sandbank. It was said that Chairman Mao Zedong studied in theNo. 1 Normal School here when he was young, andoften went swimming in the river or took a walk withfriends around the island. Today, a scenic park hasbeen built with a marble monument in the middle withMao's inscriptions and it is a good place for people toescape the summer heat.The village of Shaoshan, over 100 kilometers south-west of Changsha is a significant place for ChineseCommunists for it was home to Chairman MaoZedong. It is a good place to learn more about thisgreat Chinese man. The old houses where he lived, amuseum, a monument and other memorial spots arewell preserved in the scenic area and create a kindof solemn atmosphere. Chinese come to pay theirrespects here during the memorial days.
The most fantastic historical relic should be the well-preserved mummified remains of a Western HanDynasty woman excavated from Mawangdui HanTombs. The remains have lasted over more than2000 years and the skins are still stretchy. Thousandsof unearthed relics include silk products, paintings,lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing,weapons, herbs, and so on. These are all exhibited inHunan Provincial Museum.Another history gift is the ancient porcelain kiln site of Tongguan from the late Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).Many pottery and porcelain works decorated withpainting and inscription decorations are excavated. It is recorded that these porcelains and pottery productswere exported to neighboring Korean, Japan,Indonesia, Iran and even Egypt.At the very north end of the city near the No. 2Xiangjiang Bridge is a Buddhist temple called KaifuTemple. It was originally built in 927 and is featured inthe typical Chinese Buddhist temple architectural style.There are several parks in the city including WangyuePark at Jiaxiang Lu, Southern Suburb Park, XiaoyuanPark to the east of the city center near the railwaystation and a zoo near the provincial museum.
Hunan Cuisine is renowned as one of the Eight Cuisines of China. It is features a fine and delicateappearance together with a hot and spicy flavor.The chefs cut the vegetables into fascinating shapesand patterns and use them to create a handsomeassortment of cold dishes. Each dish tells its own story.
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