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Wow Zedong! Farmers, villagers join forces to build 36-metre statue of communist leader in northern China

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 January, 2016, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2018, 3:41pm

Farmers and local entrepreneurs have funded the construction of a huge statue of Mao Zedong in northern China.

The statue of the communist leader has been built on a plot of vacant land in Tongxu county near Kaifeng in Henan province, the news website Hnr.cn reported.

It cost 3 million yuan (HK$3.5 million) to build and is 36 metres high, the article said.

It is made of concrete and steel and is covered in gold paint.

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Villagers said many tourists had come to have their photographs taken with the landmark.