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Zhongshan Square lies at the heart of Shenyang and Chairman Mao lies at the heart of Zhongshan Square.
Probably the best-known remaining statue of the former Chinese leader, who died in 1976.
This statue was originally built in 1969, during the Cultural Revolution, but was the focus of dissent in the early 1990s when protesters poured gasoline on it and set the statue alight.
Ignoring the rather predictable pose of the man himself, the statue complex is a remarkable example of Socialist art from the mid 20th Century. It is worth examining the huddled proletariat around the base, all in fierce mood, seemingly pushing forward and outward from the feet of Mao - presumably the precise desired impact.
Given that Shenyangren are predominantly employed in heavy industry, the masculine strength of these figures remains appropriate today.
As symbolically, Mao remains difficult to reach because the constant heavy traffic around the square makes it extremely dangerous to get close to Mao: now as then, one wrong move and you end up flattened.

Address: Zhongshan Square
Directions: [41.7942, 123.4043]

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2005
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