Today, the second day of Christmas, or St Stephen’s day, or indeed ‘Boxing’ day, also happens to be Mao’s birthday. He was born on this day, 26 December, in 1893 – 124 years ago. If you are in China, it is not a bad time to visit his birthplace in Shaoshan, Hunan province.

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In preparation for the MOOC on Chinese Marxism, I had  a Chines film crew over October and November of last year. We filmed in Beijing, but especially at the major sites of the Chinese Revolution: Shaoshan, Ruijin and Yan’an. I was even able to sit at the desk in Mao’s room in both Ruijin and Yan’an, where the seeds of modern China were sown.

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The film crew from the ‘Red Tour’ of November 2016 has put together a short documentary of the experience. It came through wechat, but I have copied the link here. The documentary is a little way into the page, but the page also contains some photographs. We are discussing a longer documentary that will include the national day in Tiananmen on 1 October.