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China marks 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong birthday

China marks 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong birthday

--FILE--Visitors look at the giant statue portraying former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in his 30s in Changsha city, central Chinas Hunan province, 26 November 2013. Mao Zedong was born to a rural family in Shaoshan on December 26, 1893, and the small town has undergone a huge revamp to prepare for celebration of the 120th anniversary of his birth throughout the mainland on Thursday (26 December 2013). The Xiangtan municipal government, which administers Shaoshan, has spent more than 1.9 billion yuan available on a number of projects for the celebrations, including street performances, clean-ups at tourist attractions and upgrading infrastructure in the area. In Mao Zedong Square, at the heart of Shaoshan, workers could be seen in recent days working day and night fixing pavements. The old building at the Shaoshan Mao Zedong Memorial Museum has been closed for more
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