Friday Photo: Mao Selling Stuff

In 2005, on my second trip to the far western city of Kashgar, I spotted this odd sight in my hotel lobby. There he was, the Great Helmsman himself, sitting behind a counter of trinkets. I’m still not sure if he was for sale, or if the proprietor of the little hotel shop thought his placement there would attract customers. Either way, I had a good chuckle.

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More recently, he popped up in a field in Henan Province, where some local villagers decided to build a giant statue in the middle of a field.

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image from NPR

Is it just me, or does that statue look like it’s made out of butter? Perhaps it’s really being built for the Minnesota State Fair!

In the end, however, the statue got too much press worldwide and embarrassed the local officials, so they ordered it taken down.

As they say in China, “what a pity!”

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  1. Yep, I remember that guy in the hotel lobby. 🙂

    I wonder if the people in charge of the statue in Henan took a chapter from Daniel, because it kinda looks like it could be a sitting version of Neb’s statue.