Shaoshan, 100 km southwest of Changsha, is a mountain village with some fairly beautiful and birth place of the oft-lamented Mao Zedong. The village is adorned with propaganda, loudspeakers blare revolutionary songs and speeches to welcome approaching tourists. But aside from the novelty of being Mao’s hometown, Shaoshan is not much more than a rural Hunan village.
Shaoshan Scenic Zone has 82 scenic spots in 7 scenic regions. At present, four scenic regions including Former Residence, Dishui Cave, Shao Peak and Qingxi have been developed. Former Residence and Dishui Cave have become National 4A Scenic Spots. To be precise, the most popular scenic spots are, the Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Mao Zedong Square, the Dishui Cave—”the mysterious West Cave” described as “such waters and mountains have fostered great persons”, Comrade Mao Zedong Memorial Museum—one of the 100 national excellent bases for patriotism education, Mao Zedong Relic Museum—a museum to show the great man’ s spirits, and carry out patriotism education and revolutionary traditions education, Research Center of Mao Zedong Thought, a professional library with memorial value—Mao Zedong Library, Stele cluster of Mao Zedong’ s poems “integrated with Mao Zedong’ s artistic essence and presented Mao Zedong’ s insights into literature”, Shao Peak—enjoys the reputation of “comparing with mountains around the world, it is the greatest mountain on the south of the Yangtze River” , Mao Zedong Memorial Garden—a place to integrate history and represent the great man’ s footprints. A large number of new and old outstanding scenic spots attract visitors with their own unique styles and rich cultural legacy, thus Shaoshan becomes a sacred place of red tourism.
If you are in Shaoshan, there is one thing that you should not miss. That is Braised Pork of Mao Family. It is said that Chairman Mao thought highly of it after having a taste. The authentic restaurant of Mao Family in Shaoshan is particular about the cooking methods which are quite complicated. This dish is a kind of stimulation to your eyes and gustatory sense. It looks golden and shining; it tastes fat but not greasy.