City gets €1.8bn facelift for Mao's birthday party
Published 18/10/2013 | 05:00
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.
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