Chángshā Municipal Museum
Students have been cramming for exams at the base of Yuèlù Mountain west of the river since AD 976, when the academy was established as...
Hunan CPC Committee
It is the former site of Mao's living quarters and includes photos and historical items from the 1920s, along with a wall where Mao's...
Chángshā Municipal Museum information
Lonely Planet review
A colossal statue of Mao Zedong cast out of aluminium-magnesium alloy in Hēilóngjiāng in 1968 affably greets you at the entrance. (Compare his carriage – arm aloft, heralding a new dawn – with more subdued statues erected post-reform.) It’s the first clue that despite the paintings, ceramics and jade on display, this museum is really a shrine. Check out the huge portrait of a young Mao with shafts of light emanating from his head above the entrance.
The museum also houses the former site of the Húnán CCP Committee (中共湘区委员会旧址; Zhōng Gòng Xiāngqū Wěiyuánhuì Jiùzhǐ), where Mao lived from 1921 to 1923 with his first wife and mother-in-law while secretly running the local CCP. Bring a picture ID.