Hunan Province is located in the southern part of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. Since it lies to the south of Dongting Lake, the second largest fresh water lake in China, it was given the name Hu-nan (literally meaning south of the lake). As the Xiangjiang River runs through the province from north to south, it has been shortened to Xiang. Hunan has a total area of 211,800 square km. a population of 65 million (2006), and is home to the Tujia, Miao, Yao, Dong, Bai, Hui and Zhuang ethnic groups. The province governs 12 cities at the prefectural level, 11 administrative offices and one autonomous prefecture. The provincial capital is Changsha.
Hunan is in the continental sub-tropical monsoon humid climate zone. It has a short winter and a long frost-free-period. The sunshine lasts for a long period during the day and the four seasons are clearly distinguished.
The education system in Hunan, as elsewhere in China, can be simply summarized as "four educations" and "7 levels". The "four educations" refers to pre-school education, primary education, secondary education and higher education. The "7 levels" refers to kindergarten, primary school, junior high school, senior high school, higher college education, undergraduate education and postgraduate education.
As one main base for higher education in south China, Hunan is famous for her many famous universities, institutes and academies, including Hunan University, Central South Univetsity, Xiangtan University, Hunan Normal University, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Jishou University, Changsha university of Science and Technology, Hunan University of Technology, Changsha Medical University and so forth.
Hunan University is situated at the foot of the picturesque Yuelu Mountain and on the west bank of the rippling Xiangjiang River in the historically and culturally renowned City of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. It enjoys the title of an "Ancient Millenarian Academy, Famous Centennial University". As one of the key and most comprehensive universities affiliated with the Ministry of Education, it has been included in the state's "Project 211" and "Project 985" for priority investment and construction. Professor Liu Keli is the Party Secretary of the CPC Hunan University Committee and Professor Zhao Yueyu the President of this highly reputed institute.
Hunan University, an extension of one of the four famous Academies of the Song Dynasty, dates back to the period of the founding of Yuelu Academy in 976 AD. The university has maintained the glorious culture and education standards inherited from the historical institute in the process of the numerous changes faced with during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was reconstructed into Hunan Institute of Higher Learning in 1903, renamed Hunan University in 1926, and subordinated to the Republic of China's Ministry of Education as one of several state universities in 1937. After liberation and the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Central People's Government appointed Li Da, a well-known philosopher and educator, as the first President of Hunan University. Chairman Mao Zedong inscribed the name of the University. In 1953, when readjusting China's higher education institutions, Hunan University was named the Central-South Institute of Civil Engineering. Later it was renamed Hunan Polytechnic College, and was finally, named Hunan University in 1959. Since 1963, the University has been affiliated with the Ministry of Mechanical Industry and in 1978 it was approved as a key and comprehensive university of China, and became directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education in 1998. In 2000, Hunan University and Hunan Institute of Finance and Economics merged to give shape to a new wide-ranging Hunan University.
Why study in Changsha, capital of Hunan province?
Although not as ancient big city as Beijing or Nanjing, Changsha also has rich historical heritages including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings. One is a great man in Chinese recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, one of the longest historical academic schools in China. Originally built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, the academy school survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered to be the cradle of Huxiang Culture.
Changsha people boast to be the best gourmand of China and here people spend a lot of time cooking and eating. Xiang Cuisine is one of the Eight Cuisines in China and has a fine and delicate appearance and a hot & salty taste and the heavy and hot taste is an equal competitor to the spicy food of Sichuan. Street dining and restaurants in the city make every visitor's mouth hot. No matter the featured snacks - 'Stinky Tofu' and 'Rice cake' in Huogongdian （Fire Palace） or the famous spicy shrimps at Nanmenkou, the many types of delicious local food will not disappoint any guests.
Changsha people are also famous for their acting and have created various traditional folk art performances of their own including the local operas， storytelling, drum opera and other dramatic styles. Everyone can feel their hospitalities and enthusiasm by their vigorous dances. Today， most of the entertainment houses in the city present dynamic and entertaining performances featuring a blend of the traditional essence and the modern flare. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs， Jiefang Xilu, although not as prosperous as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own styles. Romantic and quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses, and western style restaurants...People of all ages can find their ideal place to spend their leisure time. Welcome you to Changsha!
Who can accompany you?
Foreign spouses and children under 18 years age of international students, parents or overseas guardians of international students under the age of 18 can apply for valid L visas with a validity period of six months or one year of zero, once, twice or multiple entries. The application times are not limited, but the valid term of the visa being applied for shall not exceed the valid term of the international student's visa or that of the residence permit.