Kaifu District is one of the six urban districts of the prefecture-level city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. It enjoys a superior geographic location as it is the only traffic hub in the Hunan province that owns a multi-dimensional transportation network comprising railway, highway, subway, waterway and aviation.
Home to the Gong Academy, the site for Imperial Examination, Chaozong Street, one of the four largest rice markets in ancient China, the former residence of patriotic General Zuo Zongtang (Tso Tsung-tang), and the former residence of the Father of South Korea, Kim Gu, Kaifu district is naturally endowed with historical and rich cultural resources.
EAT & DRINK
HUOGONGDIAN (11-min drive)
Huogongdian is a place combining traditional folk culture and food culture. Originally a temple worshipping Fire God, it is now renowned as a restaurant brand, specialising in cassics such as fried stinky Tofu, the most famous snack in Changsha which smells not good but tastes divine. Other foods include Sisters’ Rice Balls with salty meat or sweet sugar, Blood Jelly, Jiao Yan San Zi and rice noodles are also popular among the local and tourists.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
HUNAN PROVINCIAL MUSEUM (10-min walk)
Hunan Provincial Museum is an important window to know Hunan Culture. Witness the well-preserved body of Xinzhui whose organs are still intact, skin is supple and joints can even move. The body is preserved so completely for more than 2,000 years that it is regarded as a wonder till today
TIANXIN PAVILION (12-min drive)
Located in the center of Changsha, Tianxin Pavilion takes on the style of Ming and Qing dynasties. It used to be the place for ancient people to observe the stars and worship the gods. On the guardrails, horses, dragons and 62 stone lions are carved, showing the charm of the ancient city. 32 copper bells are hanging on the pavilion ringing with the wind. The ancient city wall around the pavilion is the only existing city wall in the city.
HUANGXING WALKING STREET (15-min drive)
Huangxing Pedestrian Street is lined with shopping malls, accessories stores, and delicious food stalls on both sides. Some time-honored restaurants have marked their presence there like Yangyuxing Noodles and Deyuan Steamed Bun. Look out for the 10 sculptures along the street displaying the local life in ancient times.
TAIPING STREET (11-min drive)
Taiping Street has been the central part of Changsha city for over 2,000 years and has completely preserved the fishbone street pattern for 200 years. The common characteristics of the buildings there are green tiles, pitched roof, white tiled roof ridge, fire-proof wall and wooden door & window. The old mansion there usually has a stone gate, blue walls and guardrails. For architecture enthusiasts, visiting Taiping Street is certainly one of the top things to do in Changsha.
MORE ABOUT CHANGSHA
Changsha is the revered birthplace of Chairman Mao Zedong, and numerous other former communist leaders from Hunan.
Blessed with some of China's most beautiful landscapes, including Wulingyuan Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Others include Mt. Langshan, a national geopark and Hengshan Mountain, one of the Five Great Mountains in China.
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BEYOND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Located in the center of Xiangjiang River, Orange Isle is a long and narrow island with a length of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) and a maximal width of 300 meters (330 yards). Thousands of plants grow on and rare animals like crane, gull, fox and badger inhabit there. The most representative architecture on it is Chairman Mao Zedong's statue which shows the image of him in his youth. There is also a large fountain, which sprouts to a height as high as a 30-storey building.
Mt. Yuelu is to the west of Orange Isle and combines both natural beauty and cultural atmosphere. There are plenty of rare birds in the mountain. The highlight of the area is the most Yuelu Academy. It is one of the four famous ancient academies and the most well-preserved ancient academy in China. Climbing to the top of the mountain, one can have a bird view of Changsha city scape.
DECEMBER 2022 / JANUARY 2023