Mao Zedong was a Chinese military and political leader, who led the Communist Party of China (CPC) to victory against the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Chinese Civil War, and was the leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976.
Mao Zedong is held in high regard in China where he is often portrayed as a great revolutionary and strategist who 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. The blue Mao caps and suits are still worn by many Chinese, particularly in the elderly population.|
Statue of Mao Zedong on square in Kashgar
Elderly woman from Yunnan province wearing a Mao cap
Statue of Mao Zedong and farmer in Hotan
Moral mural on a wall in Turpan