Portrait of The Old Faithful

Mark Hayward

Tootgarook, Australia

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The provincial town of “Dragon Gate”, about 150km from the third largest City in China, Guangzhou (Canton).
We decided to stop by a roadside stall to buy some fruit to take back to our apartment in the city.
Forgot all about the fruit when I came across this scene inside and politely asked the old couple if they would mind if I took a few shots, which they were happy to oblige.
The Chairman lives on…
From Wikipedia:
“Regarded as one of the most important figures in modern world history, Mao is still a controversial figure today, over thirty years after his death. He is held in high regard in China where he is often portrayed as a great revolutionary and strategist who eventually defeated Chiang Kai-shek in the Chinese Civil War, and transformed the country into a major power through his policies. However, many of Mao’s socio-political programs such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution are blamed by critics from both within and outside China for causing severe damage to the culture, society, economy and foreign relations of China, as well as enormous and unnecessary loss of lives, a peacetime death toll in the tens of millions.”

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