Xiangtan (Hometown of Chairman Mao)
Xiangtan is a marvelous city with more than 1200 year’s history. Xiangtan
is hometown of Chairman Mao. Xiangtan is located in the middle area
of Xiangtan city and the downriver section of Xiangjiang
River. Currently it administrates Xiangxiang county-level city,
Shaoshan county-level city, Xiangtan County, Yuhu District and
Yuetang District. The total area of the city is 5,015 square
kilometers. The total population of Xiangtan is 3 million or so.
Xiangtan nurtured a lot of famous people such as Mao Zedong, Peng
Dehuai, Chen Geng and Tan Zheng. It is also the hometown of culture
celebrities like Qi Baishi, Yang Du and Zhang Tianyi.
Xiangtan is an important nationwide industry base. Xiangxiang Aluminum
Factory is world’s largest fluoride salt production factory.
Xiangtan Electrochemical Scientific CO., Ltd is China’s largest
production factory of electrolyzing manganese dioxide. Xiangtan
Electrical Machinery Factory is Chinese earliest electrician
equipment production factory. Hunan Ferroalloy Factory is Chinese
largest chrome production factory. China’s first 120 ton tower
crane, Chinese first urban light track vehicle, Chinese first
mining electric locomotive with largest traction and largest
tonnage, Chinese first sweeping-style sweeper controlled by
hydraulic-pressure microcomputers and so on all appeared here.
Xiangtan is Chinese production base of lotus and domestic animal.
The economic power of Xiangtan is ranked fifth place in Hunan
province and the third place of the total value of GDP. Xiangtan
education is advanced. Xiangtan University is a comprehensive one
in China and its name was written by Chairman Mao.
Xiangtan has a rich tourism resource. Xiangtan is the most famous
destination in Xiangtan, and also the family location of Chairman
Mao. Currently the major attractions are former residence of
Chairman Mao, Chairman Mao Bronze-Statue Square, Mao Family
Memorial, and Stele Forest of poems of Chairman Mao. Here visitors
can enjoy Shaoshan Music and Bouilli Pork loved deeply by Chairman
Mao. Luban Pavilion is another famous attraction in Xiangtan. Qi
Baishi Memorial is a themed museum to remember Chinese famous
artist Qi Baishi. The architecture of the memorial is like the
civilian residence of southern China. It is delicate and elegant.
Xiangxiang Confucian Temple is one of the oldest magnificent
architecture in Xiangxiang. It was established in 1009, and
restored for seven times in Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Currently, due to its unique architecture, elaborative carving and
long-time history, it was listed the key historic site under
province-level protection. Xiangtan is also one of the centers of
red tours in China. As the hometown of Chairman Mao, Xiangtan
becomes the hot tourism destination in China.