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coming to hunan
Posted August 6th, 2011 - 11:01 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
i'll be heading to Changsha in a week for one reason mainly to see the biggest chinese restaurant in the world. but i would like to know if there is anything else i really need to see while i'm in the Hunan province. best city's, sights to see, famouse food i need to eat etc. i'm a chef who loves to eat new things.

Posted August 7th, 2011 - 1:16 am by from Chongqing, China (Permalink)
hi, i am a native Changshaese,but now i am studying in another city. but i'd be very glad to give u some tips. Xiang cusine, as one of the Eight Chinese Cusine,famous for its hot spicy flavor,fresh aroma and deep color.when you r in changsha i would strongly recommend you to try to eat stinky fried tofu, shirmp taste and suanla powder which are typical changsha food and commen seen in the streets.be sure to get few bottles of water and enough napkin paper first cause you never know how spicy they could be.in my view,the beat way to get a panoramic view of a city's history and culture is to visit local museum in which "mawangdui"corpse (dating back to west han dynasty) is a great attraction.
if you have time to visit other cities in huan province,there are several must-go:zhangjiajie forest park in Zhangjiajie and fenghuang acient city,a Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in western Hunan.
finally,wish u a nice trip in Hunan.

Posted August 7th, 2011 - 5:53 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
thank you

that is actually very helpful.

Posted August 8th, 2011 - 1:15 pm by from Xiangtan, China (Permalink)
hi, guys..
i have to say there'r no such things called "shrimp taste and suanla powder "in hunan. we dont eat powder and shrimp taste. it sounds creep,isnt?
you can just simply order "kouwei xia"and "suanla fen" in chinese or "spicy crayfish"and "hot and sour noodle" in english.
and dont forget to visit xiangtan(my lovely hometown(∩_∩))
bon appetit ~~

Posted August 8th, 2011 - 2:23 pm by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
thank you fang ling,

if i come to your home town will you show me around a bit? i'm finding china very hard to travel around. not like south east asia. lol, i wouldn't be able to order those dishes as i wouldn't be able to pronounce them properly.

Posted August 9th, 2011 - 8:17 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
how far away from chansha is xiangtan? looks not vary far on the map. is it worth visiting?

Posted August 9th, 2011 - 12:42 pm by from Xiangtan, China (Permalink)
hi, damien
mmmm...are you expecting a local ppl of xiangtan tell you that her hometown is not worth visting?...ask someone else to get your answer,ok? LOL...
about your queries..
well, xiangtan is about 1 hour's drive from changsha.and yes, i can show you around if you come to xiangtan. but as a western gourmet, are you sure you can eat sour and spicy food here in hunan? (^__^)


Posted August 29th, 2011 - 2:05 pm by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
hello fang ling, sorry it took so long to get back to you. i wasn't sure if i would be coming to hunan in the end but now it is a definite last province before heading to vietnam. i hope your offer to show me around your home town is still there? also if i was to come to xiangtan could you let me know of any cheap accommodation? i'll be heading to changsha on wednesday 31st august then not sure my plans. maybe fenghuang or maybe i could come to xiangtan. fenghuang sounds a bit more appealing with many hostels advertised online.

Posted September 2nd, 2011 - 2:53 am from Consolacion, Philippines
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Posted September 2nd, 2011 - 3:38 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
In the lonely planet it mentions a mountain south of changsha, heng shan.

I like all the villages around the west of the province all set in the hills/mountain. i'm sure you could find something to climb.

i liked yangshuo in yunnan province for mountains and good rock climbing.

Posted September 8th, 2011 - 10:35 pm by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
There are plenty of mountains, e.g. in Zhangjiajie. There are many trains from Shanghai to Hunan. Depends on where you are going... costs about 400 CNY.

Posted September 9th, 2011 - 1:05 am from Consolacion, Philippines
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