China Looks Back on the Mao Era Through Rose-Colored Glasses

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China Looks Back on the Mao Era Through Rose-Colored Glasses

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Tourists who visit the Tianning Pagoda, one of the oldest structures in Beijing, may notice that its delicate 900-year-old Buddha carvings look a little worse for wear. Many of them were roughed up by marauders during the Cultural Revolution.

But the ancient pagoda isn’t the focus of a debate over how China should remember its past. That honor belongs to another landmark just 100 yards away—a giant, 40-year-old, non-operative smokestack.

By | 2017-12-25T23:45:34+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Comments Off on China Looks Back on the Mao Era Through Rose-Colored Glasses