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Xiangtan

Xiangtan is a city in Hunan Province and located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River. It is the hometown of many notable people including Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Peng Dehuai, Qi Baishi and Zeng Guofan.

History
Relics from Daxi culture indicates that 5000 years ago local tribes lived in Xiangtan area, and it became a modern city in 2500 years ago during the late Shang Dynasty.

Geography and Climate
Xiangtan has a humid subtropical climate with long, hot summers, and cool to cold, cloudy, damp winters with occasional flurries. The average annual average temperature is from 16.7°C to 17.4°C, and 4.1°C in January and 29.7°C in July.

Tourism
Many people continue to visit Shaoshan, Xiangtan to visit the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the former chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and the leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949-1971.

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