Hunan 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 students keen to practise English will show you around Mao’s dormitory and classrooms, the halls where he held his first political meetings, and the well where he drew water for his cold baths. Otherwise, you'll find few English captions.

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