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3 Days Changsha & Shaoshan Essences Tour

Bests of Changsha & Hometown of Chairman Mao


Changsha boasting 1,000-year old Chinese academy and fantastic Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tomb collections and famous Orange Island complimented in the famous poem - Changsha by Chairman Mao is a great destination to savor the charm of Chinese culture and history. While, Shaoshan, only 1.5 hours’ driving from Changsha and the hometown of Chairman Mao, is also a popular place to learn more about that great leader in China! This 3-day Changsha and Shaoshan tour takes you to explore the top must-sees in Changsha and enjoy one day visiting the real hometown of Mao in Shaoshan with interesting tour guide introduction and private vehicle transfer in no worry!

Highlights of this tour

  • Discover Hunan Provincial Museum to marvel at lots of awesome cultural, historical and artistic collections telling the historical stories of Hunan including mysterious Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tomb;
  • Enjoy a personal visit to Former Residence of Chairman Mao to see the living condition of his early years;
  • Walk around Orange island to see statue of Chairman Mao and enjoy the beautiful scenery praised in his poem;
  • Visit Yuelu Academy to soak in the traditional academic architectures and Hunan educational atmosphere.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Changsha / Shaoshan / Changsha
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Changsha Arrival & Changsha

First, visit Yuelu Academy at the foot of Yuelu Mountain, which is one of the four major academies in ancient China and called “one-thousand-year old academy” since it was built in 976 in Song Dynasty. Stroll at the traditional Chinese academic architectures with Chinese corridors, pavilions, courtyards, gardens, and admire artistic decorations combining in perfect. Go to China Academy Museum to watch exhibitions about the academic history and culture in China! Next, discover Yuelu Mountain (Altitude: 300 meters) by walking and scenic vehicle, which is treated as the “backyard garden” in Changsha. Meet Aiwan Pavilion with emerald roof and flying eves, which is one of the “four famous pavilions in China” and has been praised in the popular classic Chinese poem by Du Mu in Tang Dynasty. On your way up, enjoy the fresh air and nature in the mountain forest and say hello to local people exercising. Continue to the peak and have a bird view of Changsha City! Yuelu Mountain is one of the four best places to see autumn maple leaves in China, which you can see from late October to early December!

Next, go to Tianxin Pavilion with three scarlet roofs. It was was originated from 1613 AD and where ancient Chinese observed stars and sacrificed to the heaven in the past. Besides, the city wall there was from 202 BC and tells the long history of Changsha with the left part of only 251 meters long. Climb on the city wall and the pavilion to see the old and new buildings in Changsha downtown! Then, visit Huangxing Road Pedestrian Street that is the most popular commercial street in Changsha and also a favored place with lots of delicious Changsha food and entertainment fun. Enjoy your walk here to see local people’s entertainment life and feel the jubilant atmosphere!

After today’s visiting, be escorted back to your hotel, have a good sleep!

Arrival Ideas: Changsha Huanghua International Airport has flights from / to Beijing, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Lijiang, Lanzhou, Lhasa, etc. While, high speed trains can go between Changsha and Zhangjiajie (3 hours), Wuhan (1.5 hours), Guilin (3 hours), Guiyang (3 hours), Huangshan (4 hours), Shanghai (5-5.5 hours), etc.

Yuelu Academy Aiwan Pavilion on Mount Yuelu Tianxin Pavilion
Day 2 Changsha - Shaoshan - Changsha (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll be transferred to Shaoshan - the hometown of Chairman Mao (China’s leader from 1949 until his death in 1976) with about 1.5 hours’ riding.

In the village of Shao Shan Chong, the “Great Helmsman” spent his early years. First, you’ll pay a visit to Dripping Water Cave. About 3 km northwest of the village, it is a very popular destination where, legend has it, Mao pondered over the Cultural Revolution in 1966. Enjoy the verdant natural scenery there and visit the villa Mao has lived, including the bedroom, office, meeting room, etc. Later, head to Former Residence of Mao Zedong where he was born and grew up.The house is a very common farmhouse built with mud bricks and tiles, exhibiting Mao Zedong’s family photos, daily house utensils, furnishing, and materials displaying Mao Zedong’s engagement in the revolutionary activities…here, you could get very close to the great man. Then, followed a trip to Mao Ancestral Temple where exhibits there include 100 pieces of Mao Zedong's manuscripts and 72 items of Mao's personal belongings.

After the tour in Shaoshan, transfer back to your hotel in Changsha.

Former Residence of Chairman Mao in Shaoshan Mao Ancestral Temple
Day 3 Changsha & Changsha Departure (B, L)

Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then escort you to visit Hunan Provincial Museum, the largest history and art museum in Hunan Province. It has over 180,000 artifacts which feature the cultural relic excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tomb over 2,000 years ago, the bronze wares of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu State, pottery and porcelain works from Various dynasties... Catch the chance to have a detailed look at the precious national treasures, like the wax statue of the complete female corpse discovered from Mawangdui Tomb, Silk Coat, the Colorful Painted Inner Coffin, Dahe Human Face Bronze Pot. From this museum, you can not only have a basic understanding of Chinese civilization along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River but also know the development of the civilization in Hunan Province as well as to appreciate the mysteries of Hunan culture.

Later, move to Orange Island Park. Also called Juzizhou, it is a place with the scenery of "snow on the river", one of the eight sceneries of ancient Xiaoxiang (Hunan). When Mao Zedong was standing at Juzizhou, he threw such a question to the vast sky - "asking the vast land, who will determine the ups and downs". He changed the process of Chinese history and showed special preference to Juzizhou. Enjoy a wonderful stroll, visit the famous massive sculpture of the "Young" Mao and see locals spending leisure time with the pleasant sightseeing here.

After the tour, you guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station in Changsha to catch your flight/train to your next destination or home. Tour ends!

Wax Statue of Female Corpse from Mawangdui Han Tombs OrangeBeach

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