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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
    It was a snowy visit to Mount Yuelu but still an enjoyable one. There is a cable car and bus that can take you to the top of the mountain for the sightseeing platform but it is an easy enough walk. Cable car wasn't open during CNY break when I went but it looks like you can take a bus to the summit for around 20 RMB from either of the main entrances. If you walk it it is free and there are plenty of toilets and snack shops along the way.

    I went in the east entrance, took a bus up (sore foot) and walked down from the sightseeing corridor. There wasn't much to see at the top as it was overcast and snowy when I went to Changsha but I'm sure the view would be great. I still had a pleasant experience weaving through the paths and trees of the mountain. It took me about 3 hours to see everything I wanted to see but I could see myself spending 4 hours if the views were clear.

    The signage isn't the best on the mountain and they have quite a few different styles of maps and route indicators. There's a few spots where I had to back track because there was signage point right but there was three paths to the right! The trickiest part was the end as there is an entrance to the Yuelu Academy near the Southern Entrance. I had troubles interpretatting the signs but eventually figured it out and paid to enter the Yuelu Academy.

    I would recommend starting at the eastern entrance and making your way down to the Yuelu Academy near the Southern Entrance on a sunny day and clear day. The reason for this is there are bathrooms with heated water and soap near Yuelu Academy and a snack street near the Hunan University and to get clear sights. The stone steps and paths through the mountain looked slippery but were ok - I would still say bring a good pair of shoes as there are some steep and uneven steps in some areas.

    For Didi you can enter 请带我去岳麓山 for the eastern entrance. For metro you can go to Yingwanzhen station for eastern entrance and Hunan University Station for Southern Entrance.
    Written February 2, 2022
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  • Gorgan
    Florence, Italy113 contributions
    This museum is really worth a visit. Prior to entering inside I was a bit skeptical. Actually the only reason why I was into visiting, was because it was too hot outside. I was searching for a cool place. Rather than going to a shopping mall I have preferred visiting this museum. My visit went beyond my expectations. I thought the most beautiful museums in China are in Beijing and Xi'an only but I was wrong. This is really very nice. The main attraction is Xin Zhui's cadaver that has been exceptionally preserved.
    Bear in mind two things though. The museum is closed on Monday. Secondly you need to book your ticket well in advance as this museum attracts thousands of visitors every day. When I arrived at the entrance I was refrained from entering. I tried to persuade the customer service to let me in. I justified myself by saying I didn't know anything about the number of visitors allowed to enter. In the end they kindly turned a blind eye and let me in.
    Written June 22, 2021
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  • Evitshka
    DE PINTE19 contributions
    Incredibly nice and fascinating museum, a must if you are in the area ! very nicely presented, spacious, clear explanations
    Written July 16, 2021
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
    This academy is at the base of Yuelu Mountain and is 40 RMB to enter. There are a few signs to explain the buildings significance in English but most parts are only Chinese. I spent about an hour here after doing the Yuelu Mountain hike. There's an exit to Yuelu Mountain from here too if you want to go to the mountain.

    The Yuelu Academy is near Hunan University and a snacking street. I was also pleasantly surprised with warm water in the faucets by the toilets! Closest metro is Hunan University Station and the area is pleasant to walk around in. It was a bit overcast and rainy when I went but I still enjoyed it. The temple was closed when I went for the CNY break but you could still walk around the courtyards and hallways.
    Written February 2, 2022
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  • Philip R
    250 contributions
    This fun park carries a hefty 180 yuan entrance fee, but has a few exciting rides such as roller coasters, giant swing and others. Good for a day out, but don't expect Disney or Universal style quality. Weekends and holidays best avoided for the large crowds.
    Written June 6, 2018
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  • ACA44
    Melbourne, Australia2,364 contributions
    It was quiet, peaceful and relaxing. yo can just wander aroubnd and take photos. I enjoyed it immensely. i will go again.
    Written January 9, 2013
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  • Instantcalmer
    Yasothon, Thailand1,031 contributions
    China does parks well, They allow citizens to get outdoors, exercise, socialise or just escape a dingy apartment. This park is quite large and has some pleasant walks and nice bridges. In summer a cool breeze comes off the lakes but it does get pretty crowded. I went early in the morning and as I was leaving around 7,30 am people were streaming in. Sadly the monument is being renovated currently so I missed out on my history lesson. As usual there are dancers, tai-chi exponents, musicians and even lake swimmers. Nothing special but very pleasant in general.
    Written September 14, 2019
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  • slrig2009
    Lawrenceville, GA158 contributions
    This is the largest Ferris wheel I have ever seen. It's definitely a place to stop if you happen to be in the area. You will not be disappointed.
    Written May 7, 2019
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  • Pizzutofabian
    Liege, Belgium83 contributions
    Many nice fishes and corals. No huge fish though. There is a nice performance with sea lions and dolphins. It was pleasant to walk inside. There are several organized performances. It may be a bit crowded. Entrance fee: 130RMB. Worth a visit.
    Written May 22, 2015
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  • Philip R
    250 contributions
    Nice temple good for a few hours of quiet getaway. Entrance fee only 10 yuan, which includes some joss sticks.
    Written June 6, 2018
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  • John T
    Shanghai, China688 contributions
    I thought this was a very interesting place to visit and it had the feel of a real Chinese castle. There are towers and walls and ancient canon and you can get the feel of how this was used as a defense position for the city. Quite a lot of steps to the top of the tower, but worth it for the views out across the city.
    Written December 22, 2019
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  • Diana
    Canberra, Australia155 contributions
    Part of Mount Yuelu park, this is at the base of the mountain and therefore the most popular scenic spot. Even on a freezing cold day in the middle of winter it was packed. Easy to reach, you can either take the bus up or it’s a 20 minute walk. We stopped by on the way back down from the Yuelu temple.
    Written January 1, 2021
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  • John T
    Shanghai, China688 contributions
    Nice place to take a walk after visiting the tower. There are some interesting statues, places to take a rest and also exercise areas. The park is well maintained and very clean and tidy. It was pretty quiet here with no dancing and just people strolling around.
    Written December 22, 2019
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
    Excellent refresher/update courses offered at this great university. Enjoyed walking the campus grounds and viewing the beautiful Chinese architecture of the older buildings, garden areas, culptures, statues, and monuments
    Written September 23, 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
    Lots of interesting trees, flowers, others plants, traditional Chinese architecture buildings, walkway, bridges, statues, and more. Fragrant oxygen rich air.
    Written July 6, 2020
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