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Top Choice Area in Zhāngjiājiè

Bīngláng Valley

A free alternative to Zhāngjiājiè national park, this staggeringly beautiful mountain valley and its caves, natural arches and vertiginous cliffs, 90 minutes by bus from town, makes for a sublime day trip or overnig…
Top Choice Hunan in Chángshā

Huǒgōngdiàn

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).…
Top Choice Hunan in Fènghuáng

Miss Yang Restaurant

Specialising in local cuisine, particularly that of the Miao and Tujia people, such as Tuó River fish (沱江小鱼; Tuó Jiāng xiǎoyú), this intimate restaurant serves tasty delights in an atmospheric upstairs setting of va…
Top Choice Dumplings in Chángshā

Sōnghuājiāng Jiǎoziguǎn

Not a romantic choice, this bustling eatery specialises in the mellow cuisine of northern China. Dumplings (饺子; jiǎozi) are the speciality and come in many varieties, including pork and chives (¥6), lamb and onion (…
Top Choice Hunan in Sháoshān

Máo Jiā Fàndiàn

The best-known restaurant in the village was opened in 1987 by business-savvy octogenarian Madam Tang, who used to live in the house opposite Mao, but who now owns a restaurant empire with more than 300 outlets worl…
Mountain in Húnán

Héng Shān

Seventy-two peaks spanning 400km comprise Héng Shān, but most visitors focus on Zhùróng Peak, rising 1290m above sea level.The lung- and knee-busting, 13km ascent up winding paths, steep staircases and, in places, a…
National Park in Zhāngjiājiè

Wǔlíngyuán Scenic & Historic Interest Area

The national park's official name is the Wǔlíngyuán Scenic & Historic Interest Area, but almost everyone refers to it simply as Zhāngjiājiè, the name of one section of the park.The park, covering a vast 264 sq k…
National Park in Zhāngjiājiè

Zhāngjiājiè Scenic Area

From the 'Forest Park' entrance, there is an early opportunity for a bird's-eye view of the karst towers from Huángshí Village (黄石寨; Huángshízhài), a 3km loop on a plateau 1048m up. It’s a two-hour slog up 3878 ston…
House in Hóngjiāng Old Town

Liú Yuán

The Liú Yuán is a magnificent old house – it's now lived in by several families, but it used to belong to a wealthy merchant and is named after the garden in Sūzhōu; it stands in front of a colossal courtyard. Most …
Historic Site in Chángshā

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 AD 1372 (during the Ming dynasty), damaged by the Taiping in 1852 and finally …