Monday, March 19, 2012

our daughter's birth province

Changde, Hunan

Hunan Province is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River (Changjiang, 长江), about half way along its length. Shanghai lies 1000 km away, Beijing 1200 km away, and Guangzhou 500 km away.

Located in the south central part of the Chinese mainland, Hunan has long been known for its natural beauty. Hunan is surrounded by mountains on the east, west, and south, and by the Yangtze River on the north. Hunan's mixture of mountains and water makes it among the most beautiful provinces in China. For thousands of years, Hunan has been a major center of Chinese agriculture, growing rice, tea, and oranges.

Hunan has a humid, subtropical climate. The monsoon rain falls mostly in April, May, and June. July and August are uncomfortably hot and humid. The best time to visit is in the fall, when temperatures are cooler and the rainfall lighter. For persons who live in cold northern climate, traveling to Hunan in the winter can be pleasant. After all, any place that grows oranges can't be all that cold! Low temperatures in winter are usually above freezing, with daily highs around 10C. Annual rainfall is around 1,250 - 1,750 millimeters (49.2 to 68.9 inches). Northern Hunan has more climate extremes than southern Hunan. It can get colder in the winter and hotter in the summer.

[ taken from here ]

Hunan Province Hunan Province
Hunan Province Changde, Hunan

**pictures from google images**


  1. And I can hardly wait to see it! Looks so beautiful and the food is going to be delicious... especially the stinky tofu!

  2. Hunan looks beautiful - one of many places in China I want to visit someday! I'm excited for you to be headed there relatively soon!

  3. Can't wait to see you all there, hopefully not when it's sweltering! You always take such beautiful and fun pictures, that we will feel like we've been there!