Huaihua (怀化; Huáihuà) is a city in Hunan Province.
by plane from Kunming or Shanghai with Spring Airlines
There are many trains from Changsha, Zhangjiajie in the East. Jishou from the west.
Long Distance Buses:
Many from Changsha
Although Huaihua is a big city with big road, a bit of exploration can reward you with a large traffic free market area.
Loads of places by the railway station
From the Station find large junction with red sculpture in the middle. Take road with barrier down the middle, on LHS, cheap, hygenic eating place with high turnover. 12Y eat as much as you like, plenty of meat and veg choice. Bar available at the back.
Cheap Hotels by the railway station
Tianfu - 180Y double ac with TV, kettle. Views only available from floor 6 upwards, not all rooms have western style toilet.
Take the West bus station for buses to Jishou