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With incense, noodles and song, Chinese mark Mao's birth

(Xinhua)

08:53, December 27, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of Chinese flocked to Shaoshan and Tian'anmen Square, two major shrines for Mao Zedong, as well as other public venues on Monday, burning incense, eating noodles and singing "red songs" to mark the late leader's 118th birthday.

Normally, the mausoleum of Mao on the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing is closed on Mondays for maintenance, but today tens of thousands swarmed to the mausoleum to pay their respects.

In front of the mausoleum's south gate, about 20 people, who wore red-star caps and pinned Mao badges, faced the shrine and sang "The East Is Red," which extols the deeds of Chairman Mao and was a well known anthem for every city and village's public address system during Mao's reign.

After bowing three times, the group punched their fists in the air while hailing "Long Live Chairman Mao."

"Chairman Mao is our great savior. Chairman Mao genuinely loved the underprivileged and hard-working people," said a tearful Nie Yeping, a 57-year-old woman from the southwestern city of Chongqing.

Nie said she visits here twice a year -- on Mao's birthday and day of death.

The fervent Mao devotees were only a tiny proportion of those who paid tribute to Mao on the day. In the memorial hall, dozens of bouquets were placed under the statue of Mao, and the flowers came from people across the country, according to administrators.

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Ianaki at 2011-12-2899.235.170.*
If we are not professional how we can say for a great leader was good or not ,as he has both of them,but the good thing are resolt,the world to be in peace for so long time and we wish to be this way.The chinese people to be prosper.
PD User at 2011-12-27184.66.11.*
Mao lived simply and did not accumulate wealth for himself. Many of his family sacrificed their lives for China"s liberation and against foreign aggression. What more could one ask for from this man ?
PD User at 2011-12-2760.53.51.*
The silence of the nation"s leaders on his birthday merely exposes the traitorous attitude of the Deng and post-Deng leadership. It does nothing to diminish his glory, but only reminds us as to where the present leadership is taking the nation. We can expect more loss of dignity for China, the Chinese people, in the coming years. The Chinese media will, of course, continue to spin about China"s so-called "rise" while American warships conduct military training in the Yellow Sea, while American arms continue to be sold to Taiwan, and while small Southeast Asian nations continue to nibble away Chinese islands. And there"s no reason why such things should not happen: a nation that betrays it"s own founder is worthy only of contempt, though the West will, of course, SAY the reverse but ACT accordingly.
  

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