Mao Statue: Goes Up, Comes Down

Published: January 9, 2016

Mao Statue: Goes Up, Comes Down, A giant, golden statue of Mao Zedong, the father of modern China, was demolished because it lacked approval from authorities, state media said.

Images posted on Weibo, China’s dominant social media service, showed the seated 36.6 meter (120 feet) statue partially destroyed, with a black shroud covering its head. The images also made their way onto Twitter.

Chinese gov’t orders giant Mao statue demolished. https://t.co/RyX27htIHo pic.twitter.com/Nt0a98kLqC

— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) January 8, 2016
Businessmen and some rural communities chipped in nearly 3 million yuan ($459,000) to build the conspicuous tribute, according to Chinese state media.

It was reportedly constructed of steel and concrete, and painted gold. It was completed in December.

Before its destruction, seated amongst scrubby farmland, the statue had garnered its fair share of compliments — and criticism — on Chinese social media.

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