Picture Story: Chairman Mao, Tourist Trap

July 1, 2010

By David Walker

© Tomas Van Houtryve

A group of Young Communist League members walk past a statue of Chairman Mao Zedong in front of the Yan'an Revolutionary Memorial Hall, November, 2009, Yan'an, China.

Tomas van Houtryve’s six-year project on the last vestiges of communist rule around the world finally took him to China last fall, where he documented a thriving red tourism trade that attracts visitors to some rural hinterlands bypassed by China’s economic boom. The story turned out to be one of the quirkiest installments of van Houtryve’s communism project, which includes...

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