Information about Changsha


Changsha is the hometown of Chairman Mao (Zedong Mao), the founder of the People's Republic of China. Changsha is the capital city of Hunan province, located in south central China with a population of 7.22 million and an area of 1,909 km². It is a beautiful city, known as a “mountain-water-shoal city”. The beautiful Xiang River runs through the city from south to north, Yuelu mountain (national AAAAA class tourist attraction) is located on the west bank of the river, and Yuelu Academy (the most ancient academy in China, referred to as the “thousand-year academy”) is situated at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. Changsha is a “China Sustainable City” evaluated by the United Nations Development Programme and one of the Best Conference Cities in China. The cuisine in Changsha, known as Xiang Cuisine, is very delicious and world renowned. In addition, the fireworks produced in Hunan are famous throughout the world and have been used in numerous international events, such as the Olympic Games.




Banking

 

Cashpoints operate 24 hours a day and can be found everywhere, such as near banks, rail stations, airports, supermarkets, main streets and other places popular among visitors. In China, the use of credit and debit cards is widely accepted, particularly in major towns and tourist attractions. In addition, payment can be made on mobile phones almost everywhere in China. Please consult your bank or card issuer about the charges incurred when using your card abroad.


Currency

The currency of China is RMB (¥), the Euro exchange rate is 7.5-8.0, and the US dollar exchange rate is 6.8-7.5. All major foreign currencies can be exchanged for RMB at the following banks: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Bank of China (BOC), Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and Bank of Communications (BCM). These banks are widely scattered in the streets and alleys. Banks are usually open from 9 am to 5 pm, for public business Monday to Friday and for private business every day. 24-hour services are usually available in larger major tourist centers such as train stations, border crossings and airports.
 

Electricity

Electricity outlets in China are one of the two Chinese standard electrical socket types: the “Category D”, the “Category J” and usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If your appliance’s plug does not match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.


Time zone

Universal Time Coordinated + Daylight Savings Time (UTC; UTC/GMT+ 8 hours).


City transport

Changsha Airport is situated approximately 28 km from Wanda vista hotel. As for the connection, there are plenty of options to choose from: buses with timetable adjusted to the flight schedule, subways, maglev fast line, and taxis. Hotels and conference venue are within walking distance, but you can also use public transport, city bikes or taxis.
 
The public transport in Changsha is very well organized, with a comprehensive subway (Lines 1-4), regular buses and city bikes. Regular tickets allowing you to ride the whole route from Changsha Airport to Wanda vista hotel on buses cost around RMB¥20, which is about 3 Euro. You can pay cash, swipe your bus card or mobile phone (xiangxing all-in-one APP).
 
City bikes are available on a 24/7 basis. To use a city bike you just need to scan the QR code on the bike and follow the instructions.
 
For those who do not want to use public transport there is a wide variety of the local taxi services available at very reasonable prices – a journey from Changsha Airport to Wanda vista hotel will cost only RMB¥90 (i.e.12 Euros), and this is the most convenient way
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Weather

Changsha has a mild subtropical monsoon climate. For October average daily maximum temperatures are around 23°C/73.4°F and minimum around 15°C/59°F. It seldom rains in this month. Medium weight clothing is worn during this month.