Friday 28 November 2014

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

Published 18/10/2013 | 05:00

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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