The most comprehensive self-driving tourist attractions and travel tips in Hunan Province

When it comes to Hunan, the first impression of young people is probably Changsha, which is known for its abundant entertainment variety shows. They may want to visit the Orange Island where the statue of Chairman Mao is located, and take a photo with it. Artistic young people may long for the beauty and innocence of love in the border town of Cuicui. It is also a must to visit Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, a popular tourist destination, to witness its wonders. Here, we will introduce several major tourist cities in Hunan and recommend some suitable routes for visitors to fully experience the unique flavor of Hunan, regardless of the length of their stay.

Changsha - Yuelu Mountain Scenic Area

(Recommended activity: Enjoying red leaves); "Park and sit to admire the maple pavilion at dusk, where frost-covered leaves are redder than the February flowers" Remembering a mountain because of a poem. Every year during the maple viewing season, visitors flock to the Yuelu Mountain, witnessing the mountains covered in red, with layers of trees dyed. In the early morning of autumn, slowly climbing the steps, watching the sunlight gently shine through the thin mist, reflecting on the leaves, it feels like a fairyland.

Changsha - Orange Island Scenic Area

(Recommended attraction: Chairman Mao Art Sculpture); Orange Island, also known as Ju Island or Shuiluzhou, is located in the middle of the Xiang River, opposite the urban area of Changsha. It is one of the many alluvial sandbars in the lower reaches of the Xiang River and the largest inland island in the world. With Mount Yuelu to the west and the city of Changsha to the east, it is surrounded by water on all sides, stretching for tens of miles. It is about 40 meters wide at its narrowest point and about 140 meters wide at its widest point. It has the shape of a long island and is one of the important scenic spots in Changsha.

Changsha - Shiyan Lake Ecological Tourism Park

(Recommended attraction: Glass Bridge); Stone Swallow Lake is located at the intersection of Changsha, Zhuzhou, and Xiangtan, covering an area of 10 square kilometers. It is 10-20 kilometers away from the three cities. Here, there is a famous glass bridge, which takes advantage of unique natural resources to create a stunning and thrilling experience of "walking in the air with scenery at your feet".

Yueyang Tower

"Dongting is the world of waters, Yueyang is the world of towers." This ancient tower, representing the Xiangchu culture, not only displays the beauty of architecture blending with nature, but also embodies the accumulation of human history. It has been praised by many talented poets, serving as a palace of Confucian culture and exuding the mystique of metaphysical culture.

Yueyang-Pingjiang Stone Ox Village (+ drifting)

The Shiniuzhai Scenic Area in Pingjiang County, Yueyang City, Hunan Province, is a national 4A-level tourist attraction and a national geopark. The scenic area is composed of peculiar rocks, extraordinary peaks, and caves made of Danxia rock formations, which are diverse and exquisitely crafted. What is particularly rare is the well-preserved ancient city wall of over 2,000 meters, which will astonish you with the beauty of nature's creations. In addition, during the hot summer, you can go to Pingjiang's Lianyun Mountain to experience the cool and exciting drifting.

Lou Di - Purple Magpie World Terraces

When you come to Loudi, you must visit the Ziquejie Terrace Scenic Area to see the unique terraced landscapes. This place showcases the unique rice culture irrigated by mountain springs, which can be called the "miracle of the world's water irrigation engineering" and demonstrates the artistic crystallization of harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

Lou Di - Meishan Long Palace

Meishan Dragon Palace is a scenic area located in the heart of Xuefeng Mountain, the largest mountain range in Hunan Province. It is a large karst cave system with nine layers of caves, featuring mysterious and stunning landscapes that are breathtaking.

Hengyang - Nanyue Hengshan

Mount Hengshan in southern China is one of the famous Five Sacred Mountains, with 72 peaks that are tall and majestic. Hengshan is a holy place for both the mainstream Quanzhen School of Taoism and Buddhism. There are over 200 temples, shrines, hermitages, and pavilions surrounding the mountain, making it a must-visit destination for experiencing the wonders of nature and culture.

Hengyang - Luo Ronghuan Former Residence

Marshal Luo Ronghuan's former residence is located in Nanwan Street, Nanwan Village, Ronghuan Town, Hengdong County. Stepping on the bluestone slabs and entering this unique group of Qing Dynasty ancient buildings, one can see the glorious achievements of the great man and witness his extraordinary life of resilience.

Chenzhou - Dongjiang Lake Scenic Area

"Among the earthly world and heaven, lies a lake, where countless scenery resides." The highly acclaimed Dongjiang Lake is truly deserving of its reputation. With turbulent rapids and treacherous shoals, it seamlessly merges mountains and water, with scattered islands. The majestic and scenic mountains blend harmoniously with the tranquil and long-lasting water, making one feel as if they are in a painting, enjoying the boundless beauty.

Zhangjiajie - Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Wulingyuan Scenic Area, also known as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, is a National AAAAA-level tourist attraction. It features beautiful scenery with remarkable peaks. The movie "Avatar" was filmed here. It is a must-visit attraction in Zhangjiajie, with attractions including the Forest Park, Golden Whip Stream, Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, and Ten Mile Gallery. It is recommended to allocate at least two days for visiting.

Zhangjiajie - Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area is a national 5A-level tourist attraction. The mountains here are steep and beautiful, with unique rock formations, typical of Danxia landforms. It has the longest cableway in Asia and other world-renowned road wonders. The recommended time for visiting is half a day.

Zhangjiajie-Grand Canyon Scenic Area

The Grand Canyon Scenic Area is a national 4A-level tourist attraction with stunning canyon scenery and numerous waterfalls and springs. The newly developed glass bridge, located in this scenic area, is the tallest and longest glass bridge in the world. The entire bridge surface is made of transparent glass, and it features the highest bungee jump in the world in the center of the bridge. It takes a full day to explore this place.

Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture- Fenghuang Ancient Town

Fenghuang Ancient Town, a national historical and cultural city, and a national AAAA-level scenic area. It is a beautiful place with mountains, rivers, and a rich history and culture. It is located a four-hour drive from Zhangjiajie and is also one of the must-visit attractions in Hunan Province. The recommended time for visiting is one to two days.