Welcome to Chángshā
For three millennia, this city on the Xiāng River (湘江; Xiāng Jiāng) flourished steadily as a centre of agriculture and intellect. In the 1920s it was still so well preserved that British philosopher Bertrand Russell is said to have compared it to a medieval town, but not long after, the Sino-Japanese War and a massive fire in 1938 gave Chángshā (长沙) an irreversible facelift, leaving little of its early history... Read More
Top experiences in Chángshā
Li River Cruise Tour of Yangshuo With Jiuxian Village and Optional Yulong Bamboo Rafting
Meet your private guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel for an 8am departure. Then drive to Mopanshan or Zhujiang Wharf, where the Li River cruise tour commences, takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, you will board your cruise boat that departs at around 9:30am. Li River is part of the major river system of Guangxi Province, and the route followed by the cruise boats from Guilin (Zhujiang Wharf) to the pleasant town of Yangshuo is by far the most beautiful part of the river. What will open before you as your cruise winds its way downstream is a landscape of vast karst mountains, sheer cliffs dotted with caves, lush forests, small farming villages, and local fishermen out on bamboo boats all in an ever changing kaleidoscope as you weave along the river. You will have a simple boxed lunch served on board during your cruises and your guide will provide you with additional fruit and snacks. Your cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo covers a length of just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) and takes around 4 hours. Upon arrival at Yangshuo pier, you will disembark, and from the wharf, there will be a short walk to the famous West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo dating back almost 1,500 years and winding for over 0.31 miles (0.5 kilometer). There are many shops, cafes, and bars to enjoy on West Street making it a popular location for all visitors to Yangshuo. After strolling along West Street, your driver will collect you and your guide and you will start your journey returning to Guilin. On the way back to Guilin, you will stop at Jiuxian Village which is just a short drive away from Yangshuo yet looks relatively unchanged since its founding over 400 years ago. The ancient village is located a short distance from Yulong River with a backdrop of towering karst mountains and is renowned for its traditional old grey brick buildings giving it a truly rural atmosphere. After about 20 minutes walking alongside the rice paddies to the village, you will enjoy strolling through this small community of about 200 homes and seeing the farmers in the rice paddies with their water buffaloes. In addition to the ancient houses, there is the ancient Xiangui Bridge built during the Song Dynasty as well as ‘Li Shi Ancestral Hall.’ Many of the villagers share the same surname ‘Li’ and their ancestors are from Changsha in Hunan Province. You will visit a local family while you are in the village.If time permits, you can take an optional bamboo raft ride (at your own cost) on the Yulong River for about one hour. Returning to Guilin you will have a chance to gain a fascinating insight into the pearling industry of southern China at the South China Pearl Museum where you also have the opportunity to purchase some of these elegant pearl jewels. Your tour ends upon arrival at your hotel in Guilin.