Changsha’s top companies: LG, Coca Cola, Danone, Total, Mitshubishi, Philips, Bosch, Siemens, Dell, Ericsson
Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province in south-central China. According to the 2010 Census, Changsha’ s population is of 7,044,118. Changsha’s population nearly tripled between the start of its rebuilding in 1949 and the early 1980s. The city is one of China’s 20 most economically advanced cities. In the year 2011, the GDP of Changsha is 561.9 Billion Yuan with an increase of 14.5% compared with that of 2010. Changsha’s GDP is the first of Hunan Province and the 7th of the capital cities in China. Before September 2011, the world top 500 companies which have set up branch in Changsha include: LG from Korea, Coca Cola from the US, Pepsi, Danone and Total from France, Mitsubishi from Japan, Philips from Holland, and Bosch from Germany and so on. In the High-tech Development Zone of Changsha, there are much more world-class companies such as Siemens, Dell, Ericsson, Foxconn, Honeywell and so on.
Famous People in Changsha
Lots of famous people are born in Changsha, such as Chairman Mao(Mao Zedong), Liu Shaoqi, Zhu Rongji, Ma Yingjiu, Song Chuyu and so on. They are all famous political celebrities.
Recently, Changsha has become the center for TV and entertainment arts, with its TV stations producing some of the most popular programs in China, including Super Girl, a Chinese female version of the UK Pop Idol or American Idol that is the most watched program ever on Chinese TV. These programs have also brought a new entertainment industry, including singing bars, dance clubs, theater shows, as well as related businesses like hair salons, fashion stores, and hot spicy snacks at night(esp. in the summer time). In May 2008, the BBC broadcast, as part of its Storyville documentary series, the four-part The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World, explores the inner workings of the 5000-seat capacity West Lake Restaurant (Xihu Lou Jiujia) located in Changsha.
City Life and Bars in Changsha
Many bars can be found on the Taiping Street, such as The Fifth Tone, Hooligans Pub, Caco Café and so on. They are all good places to buy drinks and have a nice time with friends. A few Chinese clubs including the SoHo are located on the Jiefang West Road. Drinks are expensive and the music is good. It is really crowded at nights during the happy hours. And SoHo is just along the main walking street so it is easy to reach. Wuyi Shopping Circle is the most important shopping place in the downtown.