Orange Isle City Park
Nearest metro: Juzizhou.
Orange Isle city park sits in the middle of the Xiang River and draws most visitors in for the history and links to Mao, found in the form of a granite statue. With views of Yuelu Mountain, walking tracks right along the river, weeping willows and temples, the trip makes for a perfect way to spend the afternoon. You can walk the circuit for free or purchase a 元20 hop-on-hop-off bus ticket to stop at each main viewing point – this makes for a great option on humid days. There are a few places to eat and purchase drinks on the island but bear in mind this will be more expensive than the city itself.
*If you’re travelling on the metro from Wuyi Square to Juzizhou (2 stops), this will cost 元2 each way. You’ll be able to see how much it will cost you from any other location to Juzizhou by changing the language to English on the ticket machines. So, don't panic if you can't read Chinese. On arrival at Juzizhou, walk up the stairs and bear left to find the ticket office to purchase a hop-on-hop-off bus pass.
IFS Tower Rooftop & KAWS Companion Sculptures
Nearest metro: Wuyi Square.
If you love to watch the city go-by from above, make your way to the IFS tower rooftop on level 7. You'll find a few restaurants and bars to grab a drink alongside art displays to explore including KAWS giant companion sculptures BFF and original grey.
Dancing Chefs at 57°C Xiang Restaurant
Price range: 元元 Moderate but small portions.
Location: 57 Xiang, No.195, Section 2, Furong Middle Road, Changsha.
Experience something a little different and head over to 57°C Xiang restaurant. You'll sit around an iron plate grill and watch each stage of the cooking process. Be sure to head over around 18:30-19: 00 pm for a chef special dance show!
Try Hunan Spicy Street Food
Price range: 元 Low.
Location: Easy to find, all over the city.
Try famous Hunan cuisine consisting of anything or everything with hot and spicy flavour.
The guy to the right sets up his street food stand after the supermarket shuts and usually stays out until 3 am. Grab your dinner or a midnight snack from somewhere like here. Some provide a small set up of tables and chairs so don't have to grab and go!
*Always be careful when purchasing street food.
The Wet Markets
Price: 元元 Low to moderate.
Location: Several can be found around the city, usually stumble upon one whilst walking around.
Explore the city's wet markets where you'll find fresh fruit and vegetables alongside other different and interesting food. It can be a busy place with many locals stocking up on their supplies. Don't let this hold you back! Remember to bring some cash with you to purchase anything.
Enjoy lunch with views of Moonlake Park
Price: 元元 Moderate.
Location: Based in Kaifu District about 30 minutes taxi ride from city centre.
There are several restaurants to chose from along the promenade opposite Moonlake Park. Try B.E. Elephant for amazing Thai curries! You can walk around the park after eating. Of course, better to visit on a sunny day but just as good in light rain.
Walk through Taiping Street
Nearest metro: Short walk from Wuyi Square.
Bustling street with live music, authentic Chinese food, great atmosphere and a few tourist shops!