Hunan lies in the middle of Southern China. The name of Hunan was derived from its geographic site, hu means lake and nan means south, the two together form Hunan, a province that lies south of Dongting Lake. Hunan has long been known for its natural beauty, such as the world famous forest park Zhangjiajie. The Former Chairman Mao Zedong's home town Shaoshan is also in Hunan. Hunan's mixture of mountains and water makes it among the most beautiful provinces in China.
As the capital of Hunan Province, Changsha is located in the southern part of China and next to Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces. Changsha is the hometown of many great figures in both ancient and modern history of China, including Mao Zedong (the first Chairman of P.R. of China, born in Shaoshan, Hunan), Yuan Longping (the "Father of Hybrid Rice"), the Hybrid Rice he invented has solved the problem of starvation for billions of people around the world.
Changsha is not only a cultural city with a long history but also a city full of modern dynamism. The ancient Chu and Xiang civilizations integrated with modern civilization. Changsha is an ideal city for people to live in with an easy access and a booming economy. Changsha has picturesque gardens covered by green trees and blue lakes. In 2009, Changsha won an award as one of the Happiest Cities to Live in China. Additionally, Changsha is an extremely safe city. Changsha enjoys the four distinctive Seasons and the locals like hot and spicy food.