Remembered and revered still

A visitor gazing at portraits and statues of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store in Shaoshan in the hilly region of central Hunan province. Shaoshan was Mao's home town, and thousands visit it every day to pay homage to the "Great He
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A visitor gazing at portraits and statues of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store in Shaoshan in the hilly region of central Hunan province. Shaoshan was Mao's home town, and thousands visit it every day to pay homage to the "Great Helmsman". It is one of the core sites of the "red tourism" industry, in which Communist Party cadres and ordinary tourists seek to relive the experiences and rekindle the spirit of the Chinese revolutionaries.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2016, with the headline 'Remembered and revered still'. Print Edition | Subscribe