is located in the middle reaches of Changjiang River, China, and it is to
the south of Dongting Lake. It is the birthplace for Maozedong, the founder
of the People¡¯s Republic of China. Xiangjiang River is the longest river in
Hunan, and it is also the Mother River for the people of Hunan. The river
flows from south to north, and goes through the whole province, and goes into
Dongting Lake. The short term for Hunan is ¡°Xiang¡±. There are many cottonrose
hibiscuses in Hunan. So Hunan is called the place for cottonrose hibiscus.
Chairman Mao wrote the poem to praise it as "The land of hibiscus glowing
in the morning sun".