Xiangtan (Chinese 湘潭 市, pinyin Xiangtan Shì) is a prefecture-level city in eastern China's Hunan Province. It lies at the mouth of the river Lian Shui 涟水 in the Xiangjiang River. It has a river port and a railway station. She has textile and steel industry and has long been considered trading center for rice is important. Traditionally, Xiangtan is also known in China for its Betelnusserzeugnisse. Xiangtan has an area of ​​5006 and about 2.81 million inhabitants (2004). Xiangtan includes Shaoshan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong.