Hunan is a province of China, located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, meaning "south of the lake"). Hunan is sometimes called Ïæ, for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province.
Hunan borders Hubei in the north, Jiangxi to the east, Guangdong to the south, Guangxi to the southwest, Guizhou to the west, and Chongqing to the northwest. The capital is Changsha.
Hunan's climate is subtropical, with mild winters and plenty of precipitation. January temperatures average 3 to 8 ¡ãC while July temperatures average around 27 to 30 ¡ãC. Average annual precipitation is 1200 to 1700 mm.
The Hunan Province is accredited with being filled with skilled craftsmen and women who create embroidered silks, carved jade, and other skillfully hand made artistic goods of international quality.
Hunan cuisine is noted for its use of chili peppers.