Some of the most visible relics of the cultural revolution in China are being dismantled.
GV Tien An Men square.
GV, SV & PAN People cycling past Great Hall of the People. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM IN TO EXTERIORS OF Great Hall of People where portrait of Mao used to hang.
SV EXTERIOR Revolutionary History Museum, with crane in process of removing large placard of Chairman Mao's thoughts, bare space on opposite wall where similar placard used to hang.(4 SHOTS)
GV People on bicycles pass portrait of Mao at Tien An Men gate. (2 SHOTS)
GV Great Hall of the People.
GV Street scene with people boarding trolley bus.
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Background: Some of the most visible relics of the cultural revolution in China are being dismantled. The portraits and slogans of the late Communist leader Chairman Mao Tse Tung, which have long dominated Chinese cities, are disappearing.
SYNOPSIS: The late Chairman Mao's portraits and photographs once decorated every public building, office and home in China. But both his policies and his personal role have undergone searching analysis in the last year and this has tended to erase the personality cult surrounding him.
Here, at the Great Hall of the People in Peking, a huge picture of the former Chairman used to dominate the outside. The portrait has been removed as part of the policy of changing the memory of Chairman Mao.
Workmen have been busy removing portraits of Mao throughout the city. At the Revolutionary museum in Peking, the walls were once covered with huge placards describing the virtues of the founder of modern China. Compliments such as "Long live the invincible Mao Tse Tung Thought" and "Long live the victory of Chairman Mao's revolutionary line" have been removed. The reassessment of Mao's role has led the Chinese leadership to associate him with what is seen as the "catastrophic" cultural revolution of 1966-76.
In the first official acknowledgement that China was downgrading Mao's standing, a foreign ministry spokesman said that in the past the pictures of Chairman Mao have been in too many public places and this has harmed the political atmosphere in China.