After yet another volatile day on the Chinese stock market yesterday, investors should be encouraged to know that China’s oversized statue business seems to be humming right along.
Yesterday, photos of a giant golden sculpture of Chairman Mao Zedong sitting in the middle of nowhere hit the internet with a resounding WTF. The mega-Mao sits stoically at nearly 37 meters tall out in Henan’s Tongxu county. According to local villagers, the statue cost nearly 3 million yuan to build.
Reaction online hasn’t exactly been positive with netizens quick to point out that the face doesn’t totally resemble that of the Great Helmsman.
“It doesn’t look like Chairman Mao. I guess it’s someone from the village,” joked Weibo user @Xinjiangkankan.
Meanwhile, other online critics have questioned the logic behind a grand statue of China’s infamous former leader in a Henan field considering that the province was the one hardest hit by the famine resulting from his Great Leap Forward.
Honestly, we just want to know what they plan to do with that extra Mao head.
Last year, ChinaFile tallied up all the Chairman’s statues across China. Once completed, this one would seem to be the second tallest and would make a worthy addition to our list of places to visit in 2016.
[Images via ChinaNews]