Changde Overview

Basic Information

  • Chinese Name: 常德
  • Administrative Category: Prefecture-level City
  • Location: Central China
  • Area: 18,189.8 square kilometers
  • Population: 5,827,000(2018)

Administrative Division

Changde City has jurisdiction over 6 counties and 2 districts, manages 1 county-level city and 5 management areas. There are 129 townships (towns) and 3,228 administrative villages in Changde.


Located on the Yuan River upstream from its junction with the Lake Dongting system, Changde is a natural center of the northwest Hunan plain. The city was historically situated on the north bank of the Yuan River, and has since expanded development south of the river. The Chinese phrase "三山三水" (literally "Three mountains and three rivers") is often used in reference to the general physical geography of the city. Around the city are three nearby mountains- Taiyang Mountain (太阳山) to the north, Mount De (德山) to the south, and Mount Hefu (河洑山) in the west. In addition to the Yuan River, the city has plentiful water resources with the Chuanzi and Xin Rivers both flowing through Wuling urban district. The other major geographic feature of the area is Liuye Lake (柳叶湖), to the northeast of the city center. There are also numerous lakes, ponds, and streams in the city although many have been diverted or buried.


Changde City is a transition zone from the mid-subtropical humid monsoon climate to the northern subtropical humid monsoon climate. The climate in Changde is warm with four distinct seasons, short spring and autumn, and long summer and winter.

Best Time to Go

The best time of year to visit Changde for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid September to mid October. The best time to visit Changde for hot-weather activities is from early to mid June and from early August to mid September. In a word, spring and autumn are the best time to visit Changde. In spring, visitors can see the peach blossom all over the mountains, especially in Taohuayuan Scenic Area, which holds a peach flower festival in late March.


As one of China's excellent cities and a model city in traffic management, Changde has quite convenient transportation in air, railway, bus and waterway.


Changde, a place with many ethnic minorities, has many unique folk festivals and the strong customs, which have become the major scenery line of Hunan Tourism. Although there are many traditional festivals in China, the most exciting is undoubtedly unique festivals for tourism. The main festivals are as follows:

Changde Poets Festival(常德诗人节)
Taohuayuan Peach Blossom Festival(桃花源梨花节)
Shimen Orange Festival(石门柑橘节)
Lixian Grape Festival(澧县葡萄节)
Huayanxi Egret Festival(花岩溪白鹭节)
New Year of Tujia Minority(土家新年)
Tujia June 6(土家六月六)

What to Do in Changde

Characterized by spectacular landscapes, charming natural scenery and diverse ethnic customs, Changde is an impressive region to visit.  Taohuayuan Scenic Area, also known as Peach Blossom Land, is located in Taoyuan County, Changde City.  In a word, it has mysterious cultural sights, rich natural sights, delicate inside sceneries and grand outer sceneries. Liuye Lake gathers city, lake, mountain and island. Liuye Lake is 2.5 kilometers from downtown. It has a programming total area of 44.96 square kilometers, among which the water area is 21.8 square kilometers, three times as big as West LakeChangde Poem Wall is a 3-kilometer-long anti-flood dyke alongside the Yuanjiang River, which is engraved with poems, calligraphy and painting. It is difficult to list all attractions in Changde one by one. If you want to know detailed information about attractions in Changde, you can see the introduction of attractions in the following. Of course, you can contact us for more detailed information. Therefore, come here, we can always find the right attractions for you according to your requirements. In fact, when you choose to go to Hunan, what you meet will be a dreamy trip.

History of Changde

Changde has a long history. So far, more than 50 sites of the Old Stone Age have been discovered. At the site of the Yaner Cave, at the Yangquan Village of Shimen County, archaeologists have discovered the fossils of the right femur, molar and metatarsal bones of ancient people named the People of Shimen. Over 540 sites of the New Stone Age have been discovered here. The typical representative among them is the site of Pengtou Hill, which has a history of about 9000 years and is named as the Culture of the Pengtou Hill. The carvings and symbols have been translated by linguists and are considered as the source of Chinese and even universal characters.