Last Mao Standing


There was a time when statues of Mao were ubiquitous, found on every college and factory campus, every government building, and every public square. In most cities they have disappeared from view, and only on occasion can one be spotted tucked away. There are only a few cities where he is still visible in public spaces.

Chengdu is one of those cites — Mao can be found presiding over Tianfu Square; and like locals in other cities where Mao still stands, the locals simply joke that he is trying to hail a cab.