The capital of the Hunan province, Changsha is a sprawling city dating back to the Zhou dynasty and celebrated for revolutionary Mao Zedong who studied here. Despite a history of occupation, Changsha culture is distinct and revered for intellectual and artistic contributions. It continues to flourish as a modern, innovative cultural center.
This grand palace-like compound was founded in 1950 to preserve and share traditional Hunan culture. The expansive collection pieces together a history covering thousands of years and several dynasties through textiles, rare scrolls, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and paintings.Learn More
Explore an ancient Chinese academy-turned museum nestled at the foot of the Yuelu Mountain. The collective of traditional buildings span 1,000 years of Chinese history. Ascend trails dense with pine and native flora and dotted with traditional pavilions. A moderate one hour hike to the summit of Yuelu Mountain is well worth the climb for clear views of the city below.Learn More
Stroll out along the Xiang River on a narrow island planted with fragrant groves of fruit trees and colorful gardens in the center of Changsha. The centerpiece on this oasis of green is a massive statue of communist revolutionary Mao Zedong.
The Xiang (Hunan) style of embroidery is considered some of the finest in China. Artists weave pure silk and satin thread to create intricate embroidered pieces which are usually based on traditional paintings of sweeping landscapes, flowers, animals and human life.