(in translation) Far away from the plaza of the bronze statue of Mao Zedong, one can already hear the sound of firecrackers going off just like frying beans … pao pao … without pause. The tall and erect bronze statue of Mao Zedong was enveloped by a haze of smoke. In front of the bronze statue, a large group of people were kneeling down or kowtowing with candles or bowing with joss sticks. They all look very devout. One of the elder persons there said that he hoped Grandpa Mao would ensure that his grandchild can get into a brand-name university. Near the plaza, the vendors craned their necks and yelled out in alterntately high and low pitches: “Say happy new year to Grandpa Mao, special discounts on joss sticks and candles!”
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