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'Red Tour' of Mao's Hometown (Getting in Touch With Your Inner Mao) (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 10:53 AM
It seems that the odd experiment between communism and capitalism knows no bounds in the PRC. The government is trying to use discounted fares to get the youth of China to get back in topuch with Mao
BEIJING (Reuters) - To lure the young to the hometown of late Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong, China has launched a discounted "Red Tour" in true capitalist fashion.

The idea is to lure 1 million students, who will enjoy price concessions, from all over the country to Shaoshan during their summer vacation, the official Xinhua news agency said.

"Students will enjoy preferential prices when they visit some memorial sites such as the old residence of Mao," Xinhua said.

Born in Shaoshan in the southern province of Hunan in 1893, Mao was one of the founders of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 and its leader from 1935 until his death in 1976.

The party is trying to resurrect Mao's puritan ways to fill an ideological vacuum in the face of rising violent crime and corruption in the wake of economic reforms.

Mao was born in Shaoshan and the home in which he grew up is on display, attracting about 1.8 million visitors a year, official statistics show.

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Wow what do you say to this. I think that Chinese government is begging to wonder if they are in trouble with the youth of China. This may be part of a coordinated propaganda effort to bring them back into the Communist fold before they lose them to the sirens call of individual freedom

[edit on 16-7-2004 by FredT]

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