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[Scene]Fomer Residence of Mao Zedong
2005-3-23 11:37:27   
Shaoshan, with some fairly beautiful scenery and a once typically Hunan village atmosphere, has been irreparably changed by history.

Shaoshan, a mountain village about 100km southwest of Changsha, with some fairly beautiful scenery and a once typically Hunan village atmosphere, has been irreparably changed by history. On the 26th December 1893, a baby was born in a little house in this village, to a relatively wealthy peasant couple. The child was to grow up to become China's Great Helmsman, Chairman Mao Zedong, and it was in this region that he spent his childhood and youth, attending school and helping his father with his work.

The tourist attractions in the village are highly propagable, but then this is all part and parcel of the Mao image. Loudspeakers will greet you on arrival with revolutionary songs and speeches, the village is guarded by soldiers and the history is only partially represented at best.

The Former Residence of Mao Zedong is situated in Shangwuchang of Shaoshanchong.On December 26, 1893, Chairman Mao was born in this house , a simple mud-brick farmhouse, which has 13 rooms £¬and this is where he spent his childhood and youth, attending school and helping his father with his work. The rooms are furnished as they would have looked when Chairman Mao lived there, and most of the utensils are the original ones.

The former residence of Chairman Mao is the most interesting site. Entered through a courtyard, the house is of a sunny yellow, mud brick walls, with a nicely thatched roof, and is found on a wooded hillside, above some lush paddy fields. There are 13 and one half rooms in the Former residence, which include one and half central room, a kitchen, a dining room, three family bedrooms and a guest room. Within the rooms are various personal effects of Mao and his parents, as well as photos from Mao's life.

Thie central room was used by two families: Mao¡¯s family and their neighbor. So we said that there is only one half of the central room belongs to Mao¡¯s family. The kitchen, where Chairman Mao often helped his mother doing some housework in his childhood. Go through the kitchen was Chairman Mao¡¯s parent's bedroom, there are two photos of Chairman Mao¡¯s parents on the inner wall, and it was in this room where Chairman Mao was born.

Apart from the Former Residence of Mao Zedong (Mao zedong guju), the revolutionary tourist attractions also include the Ancestral Temple of the Mao Family, now Comrade Mao's Museum (Mao zedong tongzhi jinianguan), Stone Steles covered with Mao's poems, and a Revolutionary Martyr's Cemetery.(Text from ctrip/Photo Source: Sina)

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