When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck from your travels, it's worth remembering that Xiangtan is merely just the start; Hunan is dotted with wonderful things to do and see. Tanzhou, lays 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south, and Changsha can be found 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south.
When you are ready to head further afield beyond Xiangtan, why not check out the nearest center. Changsha is around 30 miles (48 kilometers) away and features sights including Hunan Provincial Museum, Mount Yuelu and South Central University. If you're still looking for things to do in the city centre, why not stop by Helong Stadium, Hongxing International Convention Center and Hunan University before returning to Xiangtan.
Before you set off on your trip, do what the smart travelers do and get to know a range of important words in Mandarin. Why not say "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" The English translation is "Would you like todance with me?" And also "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān", which translates as "This gentleman/lady will pay for everything"
As your break ends, you'll be sure to bid Xiangtan a sad "Zàijiàn"