When to Go
Changsha is located in a humid, subtropical area, and its climate is somewhat similar to that of the southeastern portion of the United States.
The most pleasant time of year to visit is autumn, when the weather is warm but the humidity is not uncomfortable; there ae frequent period of pleasant, dry weather.
As indicated in the table, winters are cold m the city, January and February temperatures usually ranging from the mid-30s to the mid- aud upper 40s. There are occasional cold snaps which depress the temperature into the 20s. Snowfalls are spasmodic, slight, and short.
Spring probably brings the least pleasant weather of all: tight rainfall persists for days at a time and the skies are usually overcast. About half the annual rainfall of 52 inches is recorded between March and June. Higher temperatures and humidity begin in April, making the weather from this period onward very uncomfortable for travel.
The rain tapers off in the summer months and the weather becomes clearer,but this change is accompanied by steeply rising temperature which regularly attain the low 90s and even from time to time. exceed 100F. The temperatures at night rarely drop below 75F.
How to Get There
Your visit to Changsha would normally from part of an itinerary beginning in Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou; there are direct air services from these three cities. Visitors often visit Changsha on their way from one of the northern capitals to Guilin in the South, because some planes from Beijing and Shanghai make a stop there en route.
Changsha is also located on the major North-South route linking Beijing and Guangzhou, and is thus conveniently located for visitors who are traveling by train. The overnight journey from Beijing takes about 22 hours. If you are traveling on from Changsha to Guangzhou, you must take another overnight train journey lasting about 14-15 hours. The city is also well serviced by trains from other major centers.