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The Chairman  
   

The Chairman

This massive portrait of Mao hangs above the entrance to the Forbidden City. In 1989, protesters threw paint-filled eggs at the picture...but spares are kept, and a new one was speedily put up
The ghosts of Tiananmen

March 9th 2007
I watched a guy get arrested on my first walk through Tiananmen Square. A man in his 50's was standing on the edge of the square, opposite the Great Hall of the People. He was shouting something (in Chinese, obviously) and about five cops jumped him and bundled him into a van. Another group of cops told the gathering crowd to disperse, but I tried to keep an eye on the poor geezer as he was manha ... read more
Asia » China » Beijing

Chinese Flag For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
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