8 places to see in Changsha - our 2017 Host City

With just 5 weeks to go before WFF 2017, it is time to get better acquainted with our host city! Changsha is a major cultural hub, with a history stretching back over 3,000 years. Today it is the leading political and economic centre for southern-central China. Team WFF has put together a hitlist of the top 8 things you should see in Changsha

Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum has a collection of more than 180,000 objects, including items found in the celebrated Mawangdui tombs from the Western Han Dynasty (see no. 5)

Yuelu Academy

A 1000 year-old university and one of the four greatest academies in ancient China surviving the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Mount Yuelu

Located on the west bank of the Xiang River, the 300-metre Mount Yuelu is the best place for a panoramic view over the whole of Changsha city.

Orange Island Park

A long and narrow island in the Xiangjiang River, the Orange Island Park is the place where, in ancient times, people appreciated both tranquillity and splendour of nature – and it is still one of the "Eight Grand Sights of Hunan".

Mawangdui Mausoleum

The Mawangdui Mausoleum, also known as Mawangdui Han Tombs, was the final resting place of Marquis Li Cang and his family members. These ancient tombs date back to the early Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 24 A.D.)


Shaoshan is the birthplace of Mao Zedong. Since his death, it has become a destination of pilgrimage to visit the roots of the defining figure of 20th Century Chinese history.

Hunan First Normal University

Mao Zedong studied at this university from 1913 until 1918. At college, he devoted much of his time organizing student societies, a useful practice for his future role as a teacher between 1920 and 1922.

The Window of the World

The largest theme park in all of central China features about 120 miniatures of world-famous tourist attractions, historic sites and architecture, including (amongst many others!) the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Egyptian Pyramids.