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Mao Zedong's hometown Xiangtan to spend billions on his 120th birthday

The government of Xiangtan , Hunan , the birthplace of Mao Zedong , says it will spend 15 billion yuan (HK$18.34 billion) on a major facelift in the lead-up to the 120th anniversary of Mao's birth next year.

Friday, 7 September, 2012, 11:17am 1 comment

Mao's hometown wants US director to give him the Avatar treatment

The hometown of Mao Zedong is planning to invite Hollywood director James Cameron to co-direct a 500 million yuan (HK$609.54 million) live-action theatrical performance about the late leader.The performance would be produced by a new company called the Runze Oriental Group, which was unveiled on Monday in Xiangtan, Hunan province, where Mao was born in 1893.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Great leap forward ordered in quality of Mao souvenirs

Mao Zedong may be the most famous face in the mainland, but the makers of souvenirs that bear his image have been struggling to get it right.

In the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, officials in his home province of Hunan have announced a campaign to improve the standard of Chairman Mao souvenirs.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

KFC takes to the heart of Mao country

KFC, which opened its first mainland outlet within view of Mao Zedong's mausoleum in Beijing, is now extending its reach through the Hunan countryside where the founding father of communist China was born and raised.

12 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Xinhua reporter attacked

A Xinhua reporter covering a protest in Hunan was beaten by hotel guards while police looked on, in the latest incident of violence against mainland journalists.

26 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Guesthouse in Mao's village now a brothel

THE state guesthouse in Shaoshan, Chairman Mao Zedong's home village in Hunan province, has been turned into a brothel by locals determined to revive the flagging tourist industry in the heart of Chinese communism.

Heavily made-up teenage girls wait at the Shaoshan Hotel's Massage and Beauty Parlour watching guests check into their rooms.

25 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Village thrives on link to Mao

A LARGE group photograph of the late chairman Mao Zedong and his neighbours invariably attracts the attention of visitors to a restaurant in Shaoshan, Hunan province, 'Look at that middle-aged man with his trouser legs rolled up and bare feet sitting next to the late chairman. How happy he was at that time. That was me,' said restaurant owner Mao Xiasheng proudly.

28 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Mao's home village takes on theme park proportions

FIRST there was the Shaoshan Hotel, built for the late chairman Mao Zedong after he returned for a brief visit to his hometown in 1959.

Then, in the 1960s, came the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the Dishuidong Villa built in the hills above the village.

29 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Visitors worship 'god' Mao

TO the horror of Chinese officialdom, peasants and even Communist Party members are burning incense and prostrating themselves in front of a statue of Mao.

The bronze, larger-than-life statue was erected in the revolutionary's home village last December to mark the centenary of his birth. During his lifetime, Mao condemned superstition.

19 May 1994 - 12:00am

Dining out on the Helmsman

THE God of Wealth is a common sight in many Chinese peasant households but at Shaoshan's Mao Family Restaurant the proprietor, Madam Tang Ruiren, has built a shrine to Mao Zedong. It has much the same effect.

27 Nov 1993 - 12:00am