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'''Changde''' (常德; Chángdé) is a city in [[Hunan]].[[Image:IMG_3999_thumb.jpg|thumb|300px|A glimpse of Changde's Walking Street]]
Changde is a 'prefecture level city,' which is to say not really a ''city'' but a large political designation; the next size below a 'province' and one size above 'county.' It is one of 13 such designations in Hunan province.  Changde city proper, with a population of almost 5001,232,182 (according to the 2010 census),000 is the largest city in the prefecture level city of Changde (pop. which has a total population of 6 million). Changde city proper is made up of two districts, Wuling District (武陵区) and Dingcheng District (鼎城区).
==Get in==
The Shimen-Changsha Railway line runs through Changde. The train station is located in the north of the city.
===By car===National Highways 207 and 319 run through the city. ===By air===* '''Changde Airport''' (常德机场; Cháng​dé Jī​chǎng). Busses coming in This airport has flights from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, and Shanghai. ===By train===* '''Changde Train Station''' (常德火车站; Cháng​dé Huǒ​chē​zhàn). This station lies between Zhangjiajie and Changsha will drop travelers off at on an eastwest line. It is possible to travel from nearly anywhere on China's extensive rail network to Changde, but from farther destinations (Beijing, for example) it would take 24+ hours on the northern terminal train.[[Image:IMG_3812.JPG|thumb|Changde's rail station]] ===By bus===* '''The Central Bus Station''' (just west 中站; Zhōng​zhàn). This station has buses hourly to/from Changsha, Shimen, and a host of the train other destinations. * '''The North Bus Station''' (北站; Běizhàn). This station has buses to/from Zhangjiajie, Cili, and other destinations. * '''Liuye Lake Bus Station''' (柳叶湖站; Liǔyèhúzhàn). This stationhas buses to/from Yueyang, Huarong, and other destinations. *'''The South Bus Station''' (南站; Nánzhàn). This station has buses to/from the Peach Flower Garden and other destinations.
==Get around==
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.
* '''<see name="The Poem Wall''' - " alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Free">Stretching for miles along the north bank of the river, this wall of poetry is beautiful even for those who can't not 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</see>[[Image:IMG 3997.JPG|thumb|A night time stroll along the top of Changde's poem wall.]]
* '''<see name="Buxingjie''' - " alt="Walking Street - " address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
* <see name="Peach Flower Garden" alt="桃花源; Táo​huā​yuán​" address="" directions="you can catch a bus here from the South Bus Station (南站; Nán​zhàn​)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;69 in the off season, &yen;79 otherwise">This scenic garden was immortalized in Chinese poetry.</see>
* <do name="Bin Lake Park" alt="滨湖公园; Bin1 Hu2 Gong1 Yuan2​" address="" directions="directly east of Changde Number 1 Middle School's main gate" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Free to enter; prices of rides and games vary">This lakeside park is not only a great place to walk, but there is also a selection of carnival rides and games. From bumper cars to a miniature roller coaster to paddle boats, there are attractions here for both the young and the young at heart.</do>
* <buy name="South of the Bridge Marketplace" alt="桥南市场; Qiáonán Shì​chǎng" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This massive marketplace has the cheapest prices in Changde on a huge variety of goods. Clothing, shoes, appliances, sporting equipment, toys, stationary, and countless other items are sold here. Be sure to bargain for the best deals.</buy>
* <eat name="Changde Beef Noodles" alt="常德牛肉粉; Cháng​dé Niú​ròufěn" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Changde is famous for their rice noodles with beef. These can be found at most local restaurants, but you can find some of the best at the east end of walking street or outside the main gate at Number 1 Middle School (常德市一中).</eat>
* <eat name="Japanese Food" alt= '''South "" address="" directions="one block east of the Bridge Marketplace''' (朝南市场; chao2 nan2 shi4 chang3) walking street" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;30-50 for a bowl of noodles">Japanese noodle and sushi restaurant located on the first floor of the Better Life shopping complex. The noodles are especially good.</eat>
* <eat name="KFC" alt=Eat"" address="" directions="one block east of walking street, on the west end of walking street, near the North Bus Station (北站), or at RT-Mar" (大润发)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Min. &yen;25 for a main">KFC is more popular in China than it is in its country of origin and Changde is no exception. For some deep fried American fast food, look for the Colonel. KFC is quite expensive compared to local fare, so budget accordingly.</eat>
==Get out==

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