Old City Walls & Tiānxīn Pavilion
The old city walls, which once stretched for 9km around ancient Chángshā, were built of rammed earth in 202 BC, reinforced with stone in...
The most famous of the city’s parks is a 5km-long sliver of an island smack bang in the middle of the Xiāng River. A reflective...
Húnán County No 1 Teachers’ Training School
Between 1913 and 1918, Mao studied here and returned to teach classics from 1920 to 1922. It’s still a working college, and sometimes...
Chángshā’s club central with KTV (karaoke) joints and clubs. There are no covers but drinks can be expensive.
Lǎo Chángshā Lóngxiāguǎn
This cavernous and raucous warehouse-like dining hall is the most enjoyable place to sample one of Chángshā's signature dishes: spicy...
127 Pozi Jie; 坡子街127号 · interesting places nearby
There’s a great buzz at this landmark eatery, established in 1747 and set in and around a small templelike courtyard. Even Mao has eaten here, in 1958, and he praised the homemade choù dòufu (臭豆腐; stinky tofu; ¥18). The xiǎo chī (小吃; snacks) menu is for those eating in the courtyard and off to one side. The Xiāngcài (湘菜; Húnán cuisine) menu is for those seated in the back room.
Dishes to look out for include: Máojiā hóngshāoròu (毛家红烧肉; Mao-style braised pork; ¥98, taster portion ¥15), làjiāo chǎoròu (辣椒炒肉; pork fried with chillies; ¥28) and qīngtāng miàn (清汤面; non-spicy vegetable soup noodles; ¥18).
The Wuyi Dadao branch , near the train station, is less atmospheric, but slightly cheaper and has a photo menu.