In his hometown, Mao a source of pride

The 60th birthday comes tomorrow. Yup, China is 60 years old. Here are some pictures that captured the mood at the moment. Celebrations are abundant in the city – New York.

Participants stand in form in a boulevard leading to Tiananmen Square in Beijing during a rehearsal for the 60th anniversary parade August 29, 2009. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) A man rides a bicycle past the National Unity Poles, which have been named and decorated for October's 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square September 17, 2009. (REUTERS/Jason Lee)

SHAOSHAN, China (CNN) — “Mao is very great and famous, and he saved the whole of China,” exclaims an 18-year-old woman from Wuhan in Hubei province. “Both young people and old people love Mao very much!”

Not sure this is the sentiment shared by everyone but I suspected by quite a few. Regardless what Mao had done to my family I always thought him as great in fighting but poor in governing. IF he were to die right after 1949, he would have been remembered overwhelmingly positive and China would have been in a different class all by itself.

But that’s history. We do need something to debate and argue after a cup of tea, a glass of wine or a meal, don’t we?

Performers practice for Beijing's 60th Anniversary celebrations at a training camp on the outskirts of Beijing, China on Sept. 16, 2009. Official celebrations will be held in China on Oct. 1 to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (AP Photo) A couple take wedding pictures in front of the Tiananmen Gate on September 8, 2009 in Beijing, China. Many people are expected to hold their wedding on National Day. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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