The former residence of Liu Shaoqi in Tanzichong Village, is the national patriotism education base, the national clean government education base, the national 4A tourist attraction and the national first-class museum.
It is about 30 kilometers away from the former residence of Mao Zedong in Shaoshan and the former residence of Peng Dehuai in Wushi, forming a unique golden triangle of cultural tourism of the great men's hometown, as well as the most important revolutionary sites in Hunan.
The whole scenic area covers an area of about 10 square kilometers, of which the core scenic spot Liu Shaoqi Memorial Hall covers an area of 1,300 mu (about 86.7 hectares) with a building area of 35,000 square meters.
The main scenic spots include Gate Tower Square, Liu Shaoqi’s bronze statue square, memorial hall, cultural relic museum and former residence, Tanzichong Folk Culture Village, Huaming Garden and other scenic spots.
Since it was first opened in 1959 and reopened in 1980, the scenic area has received more than 30 million tourists from home and abroad. In particular, since March 18, 2008, when it was opened to the public for free, the number of tourists has increased year by year, with an average of more than two million tourists each year. Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin and other major party and government leaders have visited here, and the total number of tourists in 2014 was nearly 3.8 million.
Walking northward from Liu Shaoqi’s cultural relic museum, it only takes five minutes to arrive at the former residence of Liu Shaoqi via a boulevard where there are birds singing, beautiful flowers and green camphor trees shading the sky.
Being in the forest is reminiscent of an inspirational poem written by Liu Shaoqi when he was a child. Now, the poem has been adapted into a catchy children's song.
The two osmanthus trees by the pond were planted by Li Tieying, the former vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in 2006.
On the right is the Tanzichong Folk Culture village which was built on the prototype of Jiangnan farmhouse in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It displays the tools for production and living in rural areas of Hunan, which not only shows the customs of Jiangnan rural areas, but also reflects the historical background of farming culture at Liu Shaoqi’s young age.
Visitors can participate in some activities here, such as taking water from mountain springs and wells, warming and selling Liu Family’s liquor, processing food by hand, making green tea and grinding tea, etc.