In his life-time he worried about "the serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants". He was right to be worried. A visitor recently said, "I think that what Chairman Mao really intended was for Chinese people to get rich."
The village now boasts a dozen hotels, a history museum and the headquarters of Mao’s Family Restaurants, a chain run by a distant relative that serves up some of Mao’s favorite dishes, such as hong shao rou — red braised pork.
Mao’s rehabilitation appears to have official sanction. In September, a film commissioned by the Communist Party to mark the republic’s 60th anniversary depicted Mao as jovial man of the people whose flaws (in one scene he gets drunk after a battle victory) made him more lovable.
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