The old city walls were built of rammed earth in 202 BC, reinforced with stone in AD 1372, and finally demolished in 1928 save for this...
The most famous of the city’s parks is a 5km-long sliver in the Xiāng River. A reflective 32-year-old Mao immortalised it in ‘Changsha’,...
Húnán County No 1 Teachers’ Training School
Between 1913 and 1918, Mao studied here and returned to teach classics from 1920 to 1922. It’s still a working college, and sometimes...
Lonely Planet review
There’s a great buzz at this landmark eatery, established in 1747. In 1958, Mao tried the housemade choù dòufu (臭豆腐; stinky tofu; ¥58), and praised it as both ‘stinky and delicious’. A huge selection of small dishes are wheeled around, but there are menu items too, including Máoshì hóngshāoròu (毛氏红烧肉; Mao-style braised pork; ¥78). A less atmospheric branch is near the train station at 93 Wuyi Dadao (8412 0580).