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Tuesday 22 July 2014

City gets €1.8bn facelift for Mao's birthday party

Published 18/10/2013|02:00

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A soldier unfurls the Chinese national flag as it is raised in front of the giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square yesterday.
A soldier unfurls the Chinese national flag as it is raised in front of the giant portrait of Chairman Mao

More than £1.5bn (€1.8bn) has been poured into the home town of Communist China's founding-father Mao Tse-tung, for the 120th anniversary of his birth, prompting outrage after the government promised to cut down on extravagance.

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Mao was born in Shaoshan, in Xiangtan city, on December 26, 1893 and the city will gain a new high-speed rail station and new highways to impress the expected influx of visitors.

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