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Máo Jiā Fàndiàn

The best-known restaurant in the village was opened in 1987 by business-savvy octogenarian Madam Tang, who used to live in the house opposite Mao, but who now owns a restaurant empire with more than 300 outlets worl…
Historic Site in Sháoshān

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, though he…
Historic Site in Sháoshān

Nán’àn School

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

Mao Zedong Memorial Museum

Exiting Mao's home, turn left and walk straight on to Mao Zedong Sq where, on your left, you'll see the entrance to this museum, which celebrates Mao's life through paintings and old photos, assisted with decent Eng…
Park in Sháoshān

Dripping Water Cave

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

Sháo 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 takes a…
Museum in Sháoshān

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.