An almost-ready giant statue of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong sits near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province of China.
According to local villagers, several entrepreneurs spent nearly 3 million yuan (460,000 USD) to build the 36.6-metre-high statue covered in golden paint.
The 36 metre tall mega-Mao statue is built from steel and concrete and decorated in gold-colored paint. The construction reportedly began in March 2014 and was completed in mid-December.
Liu Jianwu, the dean of China’s Mao Zedong research centre, said the statue appeared to have been designed to “commemorate a leader.”
“In contemporary China, Mao Zedong represents the embodiment of fairness and justice,” Liu claimed. “In the hearts of ordinary people, Mao represents fairness and justice. So people hold these kinds of emotions towards him.”
It is interesting to note that the late Mao Zedong has been blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese citizens when his “Great Leap Forward” push for breakneck industrialization caused a calamitous famine.
Similarly during the Cultural Revolution those considered ideologically unreliable were persecuted in huge numbers as well.
While the ruling Communist Party that Mao led holds him in esteem as the leader of the Communist Revolution, his radical policies and teachings have been largely shelved since his death in 1976 in favor of a pro-market approach that has turned China from a backwater into the world's second biggest economy.