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‘Chairman Mao will bless you’: Why tourists flock to Mao’s birthplace

‘Chairman Mao will bless you’: Why tourists flock to Mao’s birthplace (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) On a cold and blustery December afternoon, groups of tourists cluster in front of a giant statue of Mao Zedong to have their pictures taken with the founder of modern China. “Bow three…

China unveils $16 million gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong

A gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong worth more than $16 million was unveiled Friday, in the latest example of Communist China’s indecision over how to commemorate its founding father’s 120th anniversary. The statue, 80 cm (32 inches) tall but weighing more than 50 kilograms, was put on display…

Mao Zedong’s grand-daughter worth more than $815 million according to China’s ‘New Fortune’ magazine

The appearance of a grand-daughter of Mao Zedong, founding father of Communist China, on a list of the country’s richest citizens prompted online accusations of hypocrisy Thursday. Kong Dongmei, now in her early 40s, and husband Chen Dongsheng ranked 242th with personal wealth estimated at five billion yuan ($815 million)…

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