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City Guide -- Shaoshan

Travel Guide of Shaoshan

Shaoshan is a county-level city in Xiangtan, Hunan Province, 120km southwest of the provincial capital Changsha. Located in the center of Hunan, it covers an area of 210.38 square kilometers with a population of 100 thousand. Shaoshan gains fame as a Great Natural Oxygen Bar with a forest cover rate 56%. Shaoshan is most popularly known as the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China.

The village of Shaoshan, where Mao Zedong was born, is 130km (80 miles) southwest of Changsha. Shaoshan, surrounded by mountains, green bamboos and the Youth Reservoir, has quite a few nice sightseeing places such as Dropping Water Cave and Ci Yue Temple. The small size of the village as the birthplace of Mao Zedong holds great significance to many Chinese.

Today, a big number of tourists both home and abroad continue to visit Shaoshan. The memory of Mao continues to live on. Mao’s former residence, Mao Zedong Museum, Mao Zedong bronze statue, Mao’s ancestral hall, and Stone Steles of Mao’s poems are the main attractions. Stores sell everything from Mao badges to Mao karaoke videos, and restaurants serve Mao's favorite dishes.

Despite all the tourists, Shaoshan has not lost its quaint pastoral charm - traditional adobe houses are nestled between green hills and lush paddy fields. Visitors can also visit the childhood home of another high-ranking, though admittedly less famous CCP leader, Liu Shaoqi.

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