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.