Chairman Mao is hyped as a hero for the tourist masses – David Eimer

From the Independent:

The Chairman’s image is dangling from the mirror of the taxi that takes me to Mao’s childhood home in Shaoshan in southern China. “He’s my good luck charm,” grins the driver. However surprising this may seem, it certainly appears to be working.

Since China’s State Council designated this year as the year of Red Tourism, an initiative designed to re-kindle faith in the present-day Communist Party (CCP), a booming Shaoshan has become an unlikely must-see on the tourist trail.

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