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About Xiangtan

As the birthplace of Mao Zedong and a pilgrimage site for Chinese revolution, Xiangtan is a must-go where you can find everything related to Chairman Mao from his former residence to “dishes of the Mao family” to his brilliant life.

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Mao Zedong, Shaoshan

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All Year

Xiangtan is a city in central Hunan and located at the lower reaches of Xiangjiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River. Relics from Daxi culture indicates that local tribes lived in Xiangtan area 5000 years ago. It became a city 2500 years ago during the late Shang Dynasty.


Shaoshan Village, about 130 kilometers south-westward to Changsha, is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this great man. People erected a statue of Chairman Mao and have preserved his former residence as a tourist site. A museum and other memorial spots in the scenic area create a solemn atmosphere. More than three million people from home and abroad come to visit Mao Zedong’s hometown every year.


In addition, the city was also cradle of other revolutionary leaders including Liu Shaoqi, Hu Yaobang and former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji. Therefore, it acts as a good place to learn more about China’s modern history.

“Binglang,” the dried areca nut, sometimes referred to as betel nut is so popular among local people that men, women and even children love it.

Xiangtan has a humid subtropical climate with distinctive four seasons featured long and hot summer, cold, cloudy and damp winter with occasional flurries. The annual average temperature is 16.7°C to 17.4°C, and 4.1°C in January and 29.7°C in July.


Former Residence of Mao Zedong

Surround by lotus ponds and rice paddies, this mud-brick farmhouse is the place where Mao Zedong spent his childhood and boyhood.

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Shaofeng Peak

It is the highest peak in Shaoshan County. Standing on the peak, you will take in general picture of Xiangtan.

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Dripping Water Cave

Standing among beautiful mountains and streams, the cave is the place where Chairman Mao used to stay in 1966 when he returned to his hometown.

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Mao Zedong Memorial Park

Known as the window of Chinese revolution history and culture, it was once awarded as "the best park in Hunan province".

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Mao Zedong's Bronze Statue Square

The statue's entire height including the bronze base is 10.1 m (about 33 ft), which symbolizes October 1st, the date the PRC was founded. The statue vividly presents Mao's gentle demeanor with shining eyesight and light smiles.

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Mao Zedong Memorial Museum

It is the only museum that systematically displays the whole life of Chairman Mao Zedong.

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Red-braised Pork

It tastes delicious and was reportedly one of Mao Zedong's favorites.

Spicy Fish Head

A meaty carp head blanketed with a blend of multi-colored chilies.

Binglang (Areca Nut)

It has been a mark of Xiangtan. All residents, no matter business leaders, local officials, ordinary people, may chew the nuts anytime during a day.