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Arts + Culture
Three futuristic, sinuous and unmistakably Zaha Hadid structures inspired by petals, housing the city’s largest performance venue and a contemporary art museum.
Yuelu Academy27-MILES AWAYn drive / 11 km
One of the oldest universities in the world, established during the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Beautiful ancient architecture and gardens nestled at the base of Yuelu Mountain—go early to beat the crowds.
Tianxin Pavilion30-MILES AWAYn drive / 13.1 km
Ancient structure on the city wall, first built during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Explore the surrounding traditional Chinese architecture, gates and well-kept gardens. Entry includes a 3D show of famous warriors during the Three Kingdoms War.
Hunan Museum31-MILES AWAYn drive / 13.6 km
Vast and very popular 49,000-sqm museum, renovated in late 2017, housing well-arranged exhibits charting the history of Hunan province, including an ancient mummy. Admission is free with a passport.
The Great Outdoors
Meiling Park9-MILES AWAYn walk / 650 m
A 318-acre park, minutes from Hyatt Place Changsha Meixihu and a great spot to commune with nature. Cross the incredible red steel Lucky Knot Footbridge to get to Meixi Lake Park.
Meixi Lake Park6-MILES AWAYn drive / 1.8 km
14.8-sqm park that includes Meixi Lake, Zaha Hadid’s culture and arts center, the Taohualing scenic spot, a children’s playground and islets.
Juzizhou Scenic Area26-MILES AWAYn drive / 10.6 km
First mentioned in 305AD, ‘Orange Isle’ is a 5km-long island in the middle of Xiangjiang River. Tour the island on a boat, walk or cycle among the orange trees, marvel at the giant sculpture of a young Mao and enjoy views of the Changsha skyline.
Yanghu Wetland Park28-MILES AWAYn drive / 16.8 km
Public wetland park and wildlife preserve designated a 4A-level tourism site by the CNTA with over 700 plant species and 130 species of birds. Explore Lake Yang, Egret Tower, the Wind Rain Bridge and outdoor sculptures.
Local food + drink
Huogong Palace27-MILES AWAYn drive / 11.3 km
Authentic Hunanese dishes and traditional snacks in a striking restaurant that shares a courtyard with a fire-deity temple and opera stage. Advance bookings necessary.
Wenheyou Laochangsha Lobster Restaurant28-MILES AWAYnute drive / 11.6 km
Popular street-style, retro eatery specializing in Hunan seafood and grilled dishes. Advance bookings necessary.