Changsha is the capital of the province of Hunan. The main attraction is the Hunan Provincial Museum which houses the Han-era tomb of Xin Zui, the Marquess of Dai who died around 160 BC. The body’s excellent state of preservation is a marvel. The skin is still soft and the internal organs were still intact. Pathologists were able to establish to cause of her death and her age.
Changsha is also the birthplace of communism. Qingshui Tang (Clearwater pool) is Chairman Mao’s former residence and the site of the first local Communist Party offices. For completeness one can visit Mao’s birthplace, the hamlet of Shaoshan 90km to the southwest of Changsha.

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