Looking to escape the bustle of the city? Take a trip to Yuelu Park, a verdant oasis of lush greenery in the heart of Changsha. Since ancient times, poets have waxed lyrical about its sublime beauty and it is easy to see why.
The scenic area consists of rivers, lakes, flora and fauna alongside ancient relics and historical tombs and structures. The Yuelu Mountain here makes for an easy hour-long trek, but if you’re pressed for time, take the chairlift up and zip down on a toboggan in a matter of minutes.
Take a walk to Lushan Temple after, the oldest historical site of the Han and Wei dynasties. And for your last stop, make your way to Orange Island, the world’s longest inland river island and known for producing an abundance of oranges in autumn.
Formed in the Jin dynasty, the long and narrow island in the Xiangjiang River is home to the Mao Zedong statue. Completed after two years of construction in 2009, the 32m-tall monument is a bust of Mao in his thirties.
Catch an opera or acrobatics show
If you still can’t decide, the bustling city is full of entertainment options. Changsha not only hosts the biennial China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival (dubbed the Chinese Emmy), but it is renowned across China for its performing arts, including opera and acrobatics.
For a glimpse of its arts, visit the Meixi Lake International Culture and Art Centre. Housing the largest performance venue with a 1,800-seat capacity, the centre is the brainchild of the late British architect Zaha Hadid. The organic sinuous curves of the structure are a futuristic representation of the petals of a flower and sits by the tranquil Meixi Lake.
If you’re looking for a vibrant hangout spot in the night, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the many KTV clubs and bars dotting the glitzy Jiefan Xilu and Hualongchi.
If there’s time to catch a few winks, freshen up at Modena by Fraser Changsha. Conveniently located within the brand new i-City lifestyle shopping complex in the heart of Kaifu district, a host of dining, shopping and entertainment options are just mere moments away, making it perfect for both business and leisure travellers alike.
Adapted from Fraser Cachet Issue #28 © Frasers Hospitality and SPH Magazines