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Island to gain landmark Mao statue

A STATUE of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong will be erected on a central China island that inspired one of his classic poems.

The 32-meter-high statue, which is 83 meters across, will stand on Juzi Island, in the middle of Xiangjiang River in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, today's Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported.

The statue will withstand a century-level large flood like that in 1998, according to island officials, as a facelift project has raised the island by 2 meters to 36.5 meters.

Mao, a Hunan native, studied in a Changsha middle school from 1913-1918, during which he often went swimming to the island with his classmates.

In 1925, he revisited the island and wrote a classic poem, "Ooze the Spring of the Garden – Changsha."


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