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120th Anniversary of Mao Zedong’s Birth: Historical Photos

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Yesterday was the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth…

From NetEase:

The Mao Zedong You’ve Never Seen Before

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1956, Mao Zedong accepting presents from representatives of ethnic minorities. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1956, Mao Zedong with members of the Soviet Union circus/acrobatics troupe. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1963, Mao Zedong playing ping-pong. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1951, Mao Zedong and daughter Li Na admiring lotus flowers. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1964 June 15, after watching soldiers practicing, Mao Zedong goes forward to punch the sand-filled punching bag a few times.

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1959 September 13, Beijing Workers’ Stadium, Mao Zedong wearing eyeglasses watching the opening ceremony of the first National Games.

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1958 May 25, Beijing Ming Tombs, Mao Zedong and Communist Party members together building the Ming Tombs Reservoir. Sovfoto/Getty Images/CFP

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1953, Mao Zedong taking a break with children near Beijing’s Andingmen. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong swimming in Beidaihe. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1961, Mao Zedong swimming in the man-made lake in Lushang. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1963, Mao Zedong talking with Soviet cabin crew. Lu Houmin/CFP

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Indonesian President Sukarno reading Mao Zedong’s palm.

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1957, Beijing, Mao Zedong dancing. corbis

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1956, Mao Zedong at a dining table. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong in the rural Shunyi County.

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1963 September 3, during Communist Party of Indonesia General-Secretary Aidit’s visit to China, he gave an Indonesian Bird of Paradise specimen to Mao Zedong as a gift.

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1947 January 2, Mao Zedong on a horse.

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1952, Zhongnanhai, Mao Zedong personally rowing the boat for Cheng Qian.

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1953, Mao Zedong and daughter Li Min on the skating rink in Zhongnanhai. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1966 July 26, Mao Zedong on the deck of a steamship. Sovfoto/Getty Images/CFP

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1954, Mao Zedong playing poker with workers.

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1956 September 30, Mao Zedong laughing heartily while he, Zhu De, Chen Yi, and visiting Indonesian President Sukarno viewed President Sukarno’s Painting Collection Album.

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1963, Mao Zedong and Zhu De with Henan opera Chaoyanggou members. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1952, Mao Zedong giving an autograph to a representative of the People’s Volunteer Army on their return.

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1953, Wuhan Snake Hill, Mao Zedong and chatting with a peddler/hawker.

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Chairman Mao proposing a toast.

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1963, Mao Zedong on the train looking over Hebei irrigation works plans while on a train. Lu Houmin/CFP

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1964 June 15, during a Beijing and Jinan military district training performance held in Beijing, Mao Zedong aims a rifle.

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1954 February 10, Mao Zedong climbing to Hangzhou’s North Peak.

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1958, Hunan Xiangjiang, Mao Zedong and children.

Comments from NetEase:

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诗奴L [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

A name recognized by all.

羽翼之光 [网易山东省潍坊市手机网友]:

There was none like him before, and no one who will be like him in the future.

网易安徽省合肥市手机网友 ip:114.96.*.*:

Chinese history will prove in the future that Mao Zedong is the symbol the people!

网易广东省佛山市手机网友 ip:14.212.*.*:

Things were simpler and more down-to-earth back then.

网易辽宁省手机网友 ip:211.137.*.*:

Long live Chairman Mao!

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