"Mao is very great and famous, and he saved the whole of China," exclaims an 18-year-old woman from Wuhan in Hubei province. "Both young people and old people love Mao very much!"
The woman is accompanying her 75-year-old grandfather to Mao Zedong's birth town of Shaoshan in Hunan province, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the capital Changsha -- and the juxtaposition is as intriguing as it is telling: A woman born after the Tiananmen Square crackdown and a grandfather born during the Long March, joined in a pilgrimage to celebrate the founder of the 60-year-old Chinese republic.
"Great Leader," "Great Teacher," "Great Helmsman" -- the monikers for Mao may be numerous, but he alone still serves as the Chinese Communist Party's premier brand, and anyone who visits Shaoshan can still see the power of his personality cult. Read full article »