Giant gold-plated statue of Mao Zedong makes its debut in Henan

Giant gold-plated statue of Mao Zedong makes its debut in Henan

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The former communist ruler of China, Mao Zedong is gaining some precedence in the form of giant gold-plated statue located in an open field off the country side of Henan. A legacy that lives on through the statue that is estimated at $459,000, a project funded by private entrepreneurs.

[ Image source: AFP]

The structure towers at about 121 feet high and was fabricated out of concrete, steel and plated in gold (naturally). The statue was completed in December after about 9 months of labor and construction. It is also stirring up some controversy as some of Mao Zedong policies brought forth disaster and death on the providence of Henan, making it a pretty insensitive location for the memorial. The former ruler’s “Great Leap Forward” economic reform, specifically, was held responsible for a great famine in the 1950’s and 60’s resulting in millions of deaths in Henan.