Changde city proper, with a population of almost 500,000 is the largest city in the prefecture of Changde (pop. 6 million).
The Shimen-Changsha Railway line runs through Changde. The train station is located in the north of the city.
National Highways 207 and 319 run through the city. Busses coming in from Changsha will drop travelers off at the northern terminal (just west of the train station).
Buses run regularly throughout the city on set routes. (¥1; ¥1.5 with a/c)
Taxis are cheap and plentiful (¥5 is the starting cost for cabs in Changde). Prices can be negotiated in advance for lengthier rides.
The Poem Wall - Stretching for miles along the north bank of the river, this wall of poetry is beautiful even for those who can't read the characters. The wall is flanked by a riverside park and makes for a great place to walk and people watch. For a different perspective, stop by at night when the multicolored lights are on. Free admission.
Buxingjie - Walking Street - This is the most happening part of town and a good place to shop for the most fashionable attire that Changde has to offer. Western food at both the east and west ends.
Peach Flower Garden (桃花源; Táohuāyuán), (you can catch a bus here from the South Bus Station (南站; Nánzhàn)). This scenic garden was immortalized in Chinese poetry.¥69 in the off season, ¥79 otherwise.
South of the Bridge Marketplace (朝南市场; chao2 nan2 shi4 chang3)