On 118th anniversary, China debates Mao’s legacy

When a towering statue of Mao Zedong was built in this town more then a decade ago, both the Sun and the Moon rose together, or so goes the local legand. This, and similar stories, have made this small non-descript town in Central Human Province one of China’s biggest – and most unlikely-places of pilgrimage. This year, more than 5 million descended on Shaoshan, to pay homage to its most famous son. On the 118th anniversary of his birth, Mao remains as revered as over in his native province, even as his controversial legacy is being increasingly – examined in the rest of China.

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