If you approach the Forbidden City from the south via the large Tiananmen Square, you will already see the famous portrait of Mao Zedong from a distance. It still adorns the famous gate to the Forbidden City, the old imperial palace. The same picture also hangs in millions of farmers’ rooms and administrative buildings. Although the dictator terrified China for many years and was probably responsible for more than 50 million deaths, many Chinese still idolize him as their savior who once freed them from the big landowners. But Mao’s devotional objects are also popular among the urban middle class. In trendy Beijing shops, iPhone cases with Mao images are on sale. Such reverence is not paid to the great reformer Deng Xiaoping.
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