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Hunan (湖南) is a province in central China, home of Mao Zedong.


  • Changsha - capital of Hunan.
  • Yueyang - famous for Yueyang Tower (岳阳楼)
  • Hengyang - Second largest city in Hunan and home of Mount Heng (Nanyue mountain).
  • Huaihua - important railway center in western Hunan
  • Shaoyang - a very beautiful city of southwest Hunan.
  • Zhuzhou - an important industrial city in Hunan Province and one of the five busiest railway centers in Mainland China.
  • Fenghuang - A beautiful historic town close by the River Tuo, near the city of Jishou.
  • Changde - A city bordering the west side of Dongting Lake.
  • Zhangjiajie - Home of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain and Wulingyuan.
  • Shaoshan - Birthplace of Mao Zedong, and hub of Communist Party pilgrimage.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Tianmen Mountain (Tianmenshan) - a scenic and historic mountain with stunning views
  • Wulingyuan - UNESCO World heritage. National GeoPark. Sandstone Peak Forest.
  • Mount Heng - (also called Nan Yue) one of the five sacred Taoist mountains of China. Nan Yue Temple lies in the foothills of the mountain.
  • Meishan Dragon Palace - one of the most beautiful karst caves in China. There's an area of terrace named Ziquejie in the vicinity.
  • Dongting Lake - the second biggest freshwater lake in China.
  • Yueyang pavilion - a famous pavilion in China.
  • Dehang - a small village home to the Miao minority, with nice hiking opportunities.
  • The Site of Laosicheng Tusi Domain, one of three sites of the Tusi chiefs listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List



Different dialects exist in Hunan which date back thousands of years. The most common dialect covers almost all of the middle Hunan area, ranging from Changsa to Xiangtan. This is the Changsa dialect, also called Xiang dialect.

Get in[edit]

Domestic Airports are located in Changsha and Zhangjiajie.

Get around[edit]

Railroads criss cross the province connecting major cities, with lines going off to other cities like Wuhan


Probably the best attraction in Hunan is the fabulous Wulingyuan mountain, a stunning sandstone karst landscape. Several cable cars shorten distances, and there are many hiking opportunities. The China Danxia landscape near Langshan are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



Try Hunan's spicy food, one of the eight cuisine in China, renowned for its spicy taste and flavor.


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