At 'sacred' Nanhu Lake, Chinese declare love for the party

NANHU LAKE • He was anxious about China's trade war with the United States. He was worried about the rise of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. So Mr Liu Yuanrong, a lifelong member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), followed the advice of a friend: Go to the lake.

That would be Nanhu Lake, a cradle of Chinese communism in eastern China that has become a spiritual retreat for the party's more than 90 million members.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'At 'sacred' Nanhu Lake, Chinese declare love for the party'. Subscribe