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Chairman Mao commemorated across China on 35th anniversary of death


10:05, September 10, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- It's a rare, clear blue sky day in Beijing, and at Tian'anmen Square, the queue to visit Mao Zedong's Mausoleum extends longer than normal.

"It's the 35th anniversary of his (Chairman Mao) death," said Sun Xiuzhen, a 75-year-old woman from Qiqihar in northeast Heilongjiang Province.

Sun said she reveres the late Chairman, and she and her daughter came to Beijing to pay him their respects.

"He was a great man who has influenced Chinese society for decades," her daughter, Liu, exclaimed. "Without him, there would be no new China."

Guo Xinzhong, in his 50s, came from central Hunan Province, where Chairman Mao was born.

"It has been my long-cherished wish to see him," he said.

Lu He, 26, a guard working at the mausoleum, said Friday's crowd is the biggest he's seen for a while.

People passed by the crystal casket in silence. Many presented bouquets to the chairman, who died in 1976 at the age of 83.

An American man from New York City wore a black T-shirt with the image of Mao and Chinese characters that read "Long Live Chairman Mao."

"He was a nice man -- a great man," he said, although he was unaware it was the anniversary of Mao's death.

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Sitw at 2012-04-3024.215.200.*
Mao even had plans to remove the complex and hard chinese characters and replace it with the simple and easy alphabet writing system but obviously his plans were not carried out. In today's digital age, the Central Government must move ahead and carry out the plan.
Larrydu at 2011-09-1160.53.164.*
Whenever I remember our great Chairman Mao, I weep because I see so much injustice in present-day China. I believe the Hu Jintao is a good man, but wonder how he could realize the former Chairman"s vision of a highly moral nation. There"s not much time left before Hu retires - he must reverse the ills of capitalism and set China on a proper socialist road.
McCarthy at 2011-09-11206.125.64.*
We honor a great revolutionary leader and teacher. May the principles of Marxism/Leninism always guide the CPC.
romanov at 2011-09-1180.94.16.*

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