China’s Communists Celebrate With ‘Red Tourism’

AFP reports on ‘red tourism,’ the tourism of hot spots in China’s revolutionary past:

Since President Hu Jintao took the helm in 2002, the leadership in Beijing has emphasised the Communist Party’s revolutionary history in an effort to reaffirm its legitimacy.

Expanding “red tourism” has been a key part of this strategy.

“The People’s Republic of China was created 60 years ago, we must remember this. We cannot forget the heroes and their spirit which enabled us to continue the task and grow,” said Wang Shande, director of the museum in Wuhu.

At this museum in a hilltop park, visitors learn about the exploits of Wang Jiaxiang, an early revolutionary and ally of Mao Zedong who put forward the concept of “Maoism”.

For more on ‘red tourism,’ see here.

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