About Hunan

Hunan ( literally means south of the lake ), with the capital Changsha, is a province located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting, and has a abbreviation of Xiang for the Xiang River which runs through the province.

Hunan province borders Hubei province in the north, Jiangxi province to the east, Guangdong province to the south, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the southwest, Guizhou province to the west, and Chongqing municipality to the northwest.

Hunan Province is known as the land of fish and rice, for its plentiful production of rice, cotton, tung oil, orange, and fresh water fishes etc. In a word, people living here are rich in food and have a long time history and rich culture. According to archaeological finds and recorded history, there were human beings living in this area more than 8,000 years ago. Hunan Province was officially set up in 1664 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Meanwhile, Hunan Province is famous for its picturesque scenery. Such as the Yuelu Mountain, Hengshan Mountain, Jiuyi Mountain, the Yueyang Tower, the Dongting Lake and Wulingyuan Scenic etc. Besides, there are a lot of celebrities in Hunan history, and the most famous are: Qu Yuan, a great poet. Cai Lun, who invented papermaking and made the first piece of fabric paper, Qi Baishi, the most famous contemporary Chinese painter, Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China etc. Moreover, there are many distinctive ethical folk arts of Miao and Tu ethnic minorities in Hunan.

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12 Days Hunan Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Longsheng, Chengdu, Changsha, Orphanage City, Guangzhou

  • We can arrange the visiting to all orphanages in Hunan Province
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
  • Private guide/ vehicle and diver offer you valued sevice
  • No forced shopping activities

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Small Groups: 2024 LTC Heritage Tours-A


Summer Schedule: Jun 10th, Jun 24th

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Customize Your Own Return Trip

It is another option for those who want a more flexible time frame to work with as well as independence in where you want to go. We'd be happy to guide you regarding any of our programs. Read more...

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Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.