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On the banks of the Xiangyang River in China lies the city of Changsha, the capital of the Hunan Province. During the existence of the Chu and Ying dynasties, it was known as a large and prosperous city. Archaeological investigations have uncovered the Maudouai burial grounds of the ancient state of Western China.

In Changsha, Máo Józeudún, a well-known politician and statesman, began his career. From 1913 to 1918 he studied at the Pedagogical Institute of Hounan. Then he worked as a teacher for two years. There is now a museum in the Central Committee of the Communist Party, organized by Mao Zedong.

The Cheyenne area is located in a climate zone with hot, harsh summers and cold, short winters. Extensive rainfall is common during the summer season. The available form of public transportation in the city is buses. The construction of the Metropolitan is underway. Two of the first lines are scheduled to open in 2015.

The Trench is a major railway station. It is also the site of a high-speed train station. The international airport, one of the busiest in China, is 20 kilometers from the citys center. The air port is used for domestic and international flights.

The modern city of Tuscany is known for its several industries. The manufacturing companies produce cement and rubber, ceramics and paper, chemicals and food products. They produce equipment and machinery for the agricultural sector. Not far from the city there is coal mining. Todays Changsha is among Chinas most economically developed cities. There is a great deal of foreign investment here, mainly in high technology, services, manufacturing and food production.

The town is notable for the ancient burial site, which contains three tombs of the Han period. Among them, the mummy of a woman with well-preserved tissue and skin, despite its ancient age of more than 2000 years, attracted special attention of the scientists. All of the artifacts discovered during the excavations can be seen at the Hounan Museum of Provincial Hunan in Changsha.

All of the artifacts found in the excavations can be seen at the Hounan Museum in Changsha.

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  • Air quality: 103 US AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 2,100,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 1 Mbps Internet in Changsha is fast averaging 8 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 1 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best coworking space: Regus
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $900
  • Monthly costs for family: $3100
  • Monthly costs for local: $900
  • Meal: $3
  • Small Cola: $0.5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $4.5

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