Historic Site in Shaoshan

Former Residence of Mao Zedong

Former Residence of Mao Zedong

Surrounded by lotus ponds and rice paddies, this modest mud-brick house is like millions of other country homes except that Mao was born here in 1893. By most accounts, his childhood was relatively normal, and he...

Park in Shaoshan

Dripping Water Cave

Mao secluded himself here for 11 days in June 1966, 3km outside of Shaoshan village, to contemplate the start of the Cultural Revolution. His retreat was actually a low-slung, concrete and steel bunker (not the...

Mountain in Shaoshan

Shao Peak

This cone-shaped mountain is visible from the village. On the lower slopes is the forest of stelae: stone tablets engraved with Mao’s poems. You can hike to the summit, where there's a lookout pavilion; this...

Museum in Shaoshan

Relic Hall of Mao Zedong

This museum includes everyday artefacts used by the Great Helmsman, clothing he wore and photos from his life; it benefits from good English captions.

Historic Site in Shaoshan

Nan’an School

Mao began his education in this simple country school, next door to his childhood home.

Museum in Shaoshan

Mao Zedong Memorial Museum

This museum celebrates Mao's life through paintings and old photos, assisted with decent English captions. However, it was closed on our last visit.