Xiangtan, named Tanzhou in the past, is situated in the centre of Hunan province, the middle reaches of Xiangjiang River. It is only 40 km away from Changsha, the provincial capital, or Zhuzhou, which makes a "golden triangle" of politics, economy and culture in Hunan province. The total area of Xiangtan is 5,015 square kilometers with a population of 2,820,000, including 700,000 in the urban district.
There are over 100 scenic spots including not only plentiful marvelous natural beauty such as mountains and water, clear lakes, water-eroded caves, but also rich human resources since Xiangtan is the birthplace of the great revolutionists of the old generation: Mao Zedong, Peng Dehuai, Luo Yinong, Huang Gonglue, Chen Geng, Tan Zheng, and it also gave birth to the great art masters Qi Baishi, Li Jingxi and Xiao San, etc. So the "Red Journey" with red revolutionary history resources is a typical feature of Xiangtan tourism and an advantage, too.
Shaoshan is a world-class tourist attraction, national-class sightseeing and the excellent tourist city in China. The Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Steles Forest of Mao's Poems, Memorial Hall of Mao Zedong and Dripping Water Cave have gained a worldwide reputation. Memorial hall of Peng Dehuai has been among those first national AAA scenic spots.
Entering the Former Residence of Mao Zedong and strolling in the dense forests of Shaoshanchong, you may find the footprints of the great leader of China, coming to the Wangheng Pavilion in Wushi Town, you may cherish the memory of the military life of Marshal Peng Dehuai at his memorial hall, and following the faint scent of lotus flowers, you may come to visit Former Residence of Qi Baishi, a great painter of modern times. Walking on the land of Xiangtan, you cannot help sighing how many celebrities, Xiangtan, a land with picturesque landscapes, has given birth to since ancient times. Now the Xiangtan people with the glorious traditions have vigorously promoted an upsurge of modernization drive, and new Xiangtan with convenient public transport, complete facilities, a beautiful environment and an advanced economy is suddenly coming to the fore!