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Check Out This Insanely Huge Golden Statue of Chairman Mao

Businessmen in China went all out to pay tribute to Mao Zedong.

TONGXU, CHINA - JANUARY 04:  (CHINA OUT) A huge statue of Chairman Mao Zedong, 36.6 meters in height, is under construction at Zhushigang village on January 4, 2016 in Tongxu County, China. The statue costs nearly 3 million yuan (459,300 USD) donated by several entrepreneurs and some villagers in Zhushigang village.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
TONGXU, CHINA - JANUARY 04: (CHINA OUT) A huge statue of Chairman Mao Zedong, 36.6 meters in height, is under construction at Zhushigang village on January 4, 2016 in Tongxu County, China. The statue costs nearly 3 million yuan (459,300 USD) donated by several entrepreneurs and some villagers in Zhushigang village. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Chinese businessmen and villagers spent nearly $500,000 to build a massive, 120-foot-high golden statue of Communist dictator Mao Zedong in the center of an area brutally affected by famines he helped cause. Under Mao’s watch, upwards of 45 million people — mainly peasants — are believed to have died in just four years.

The gaudy new statue — which features a gold-painted Mao calmly looking into the distance with his hands folded across his lap — was erected in a rural area of Henan province. It is reportedly made out of concrete and steel, and took nine months to build.

Take a look below:

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Photo credits: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images; ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images; STR/AFP/Getty Images

Henry Johnson is a fellow at Foreign Policy. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in history and previously wrote for LobeLog. @HenryJohnsoon

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