Check Out This Insanely Huge Golden Statue of Chairman Mao
Businessmen in China went all out to pay tribute to Mao Zedong.
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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