Changsha, the capital and largest city of Hunan provide in south-central China, is located on the banks of the magnificent Xiang River.
The city is known to Chinese people as being the city where Chairman Mao was a student and the site of his conversion to communism before he went on to change the course of Chinese history.
Changsha was important from the time of the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC). From 750-1100 AD, Changsha was a major commercial hub and its population increased accordingly. Under the Qing dynasty, in 1664, it was made the capital of Hunan province. It was the scene of major battles in the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 and was briefly occupied.
These days the city is a major cultural center, known for its spicy food, beautiful temples and art scene.
- Population: 7 million
- Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 international airport, 1 subway line (2nd opening in 2015), hundreds of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four distinct seasons
- EF Changsha opened in July 2011
What Makes Changsha Unique?
- Chairman Mao Zedong was a student here and wrote a number of his poems about the city
- Mao’s hometown is also close-by, making it an easy day trip for anyone interested in learning more about China’s famous leader
- Changsha has been an important city, historically and culturally, for more than two millennia
- Orange Island, located in the Xiang river, is a beautiful place for a day out on breaks from teaching English in China
- For those who enjoy venturing out into nature, a hike through the breathtaking scenery of Yuelu mountain is highly recommended