Relic of an earlier time

kc430 (25 posts) • 0

The entrance to Beijing's Forbidden City sports a large portrait of Mao Zedong and these grand Chinese characters:

Long live the People's Republic of China! (中华人民共和国万岁)

Long live the great unity of the people of the world! (世界人民大团结万岁)

Which serves as introduction to what I saw recently in a small town in western Guizhou Province:

Long live Chairman Mao! (毛主席万岁)

The characters, faded and in poor repair, measured about a meter high and appeared on the wall of an old building located in a side alley. Many people could see the slogan as they walked to nearby shops and vendor stalls.

This slogan, as a written public expression in present-day China, I

suspect is quite the rarity. My Chinese relatives told me the characters were likely applied during the Cultural Revolution, a relic of that era which has never been taken down.

tigertiger (4282 posts) • 0

There are some in my wife's small hometown too, also down back alleys. A lot of larger buildings (mostly larger houses at that time) were taken over by the party for party offices. The slogans followed.

My wife's hometown is not wealthy and people will not have wasted money repainting the houses. It might be worth taking a photo, as many of these building (cw slogans) have already been lost through urban redevelopment.

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