Locals prove quick to cash in as Chairman Mao reaches his peak

WE have just received news about the latest craze in China - looking for Mao-shaped mountains.

The China News Service reported yesterday that the nobbly bits of a high peak in the Guangdong town of Huizhou have been officially declared to bear an uncanny resemblance to the high-bridged nose and wide forehead of China's late leader.

The mountain, which previously had an unremarkable name like Big Mountain was quickly renamed Taiyangfen, which means Peak of the Sun.

This is the second time in two weeks that such a miraculous find has been made: earlier this month another mountain - this time in far-western Xinjiang province - was also claimed to be Mao Zedong's twin peak.

The locals in Xinjiang have not been slow to cash in on the coincidence.

In just a few weeks, the county government and an armed police troop stationed in the area got together and raised more than 20 million yuan (about HK$27 million) to build extensive tourist facilities for the thousands of eager visitors who were already flocking to view the noble geographical features.

Keeping Posted wonders whether there are any popular landmarks in Hongkong which might remind readers of esteemed local leaders - or whether there are any popular figures who might remind readers of esteemed local landmarks.