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So, There’s This Giant Statue of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Head in Changsha, China, and Yes, Here’s Why You Should Pay it a Visit!
So, there’s this big, giant, absolutely humungous head of Chairman Mao Zedong in China and yes, here’s why you should see it!
Completed in 2009 and standing at 32 meters tall, the giant statue of Chairman Mao Zedong in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, serves as a representation of the prominent figure in 1925 at 32 years old. It uses over 8000 pieces of granite and reportedly cost 300 million RMB to create.
I had a chance to visit the giant head statue of Chairman Mao Zedong back in August of 2015 after catching a photo of the monument in an online advertisement. Here’s an account of my awesome trip:
It was August 18th, 2015, day 3 of my incredible journey visiting Zhangjiajie and Changsha with my girlfriend, and it was scorching hot.
We had explored Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie National Forest the day before and landed in Changsha after a 1hr plane ride on a small passenger plane. After checking in and dropping our bags off at the Civil Aviation Hotel, we hopped on a subway and landed on Orange Isle, a 5km long and 50-200 meter-wide park that hosted the statue.
The giant head statue of Chairman Mao was located at the southern tip of the island so we began our long trek towards the opposite end.
On the way to the statue we passed many large lush green patches of land overflowing with colorful flowers, trees, small ponds, historical buildings, teahouses, pagodas, and sculptures.
With such beautiful scenery on the island, it was no surprise that we caught a young Chinese couple taking their wedding photos.
After walking for nearly an hour we finally arrived at the statue of Chairman Mao’s head, which was surrounded by a boatload of tourists that had already beaten us to the punch.
For such a massive piece of work, the statue was astonishingly detailed.
What’s more, Chairman Mao’s youthful appearance was quite the contrary to the formal, officiator look that I was most familiar with. In fact, he looked like a completely different person!
Additionally, I learned that the statue was reportedly built to capture a young Mao around the time he composed a famous poem about Changsha after sitting on Orange Isle and peering off into the distance.
The artist certainly did a fantastic job recreating Mao’s look of determination, hopefulness, and thoughtful that arose from overlooking such a beautiful landscape.
Upon an even closer inspection of the monument I could spot the thousands of granite bricks that were etched to detail and carefully arranged to give shape to statue. This statue was too awesome!
About half an hour later we continued towards the end of Orange Isle for about 10min., where we had a nice view of Xiangjiang River.
I was also able to take more great photos of the statue of Chairman Mao’s head from afar.
All in all I had a wonderful trip and recommend exploring the statue of Chairman Mao’s head for anyone looking for an unique adventure across China. Safe and happy travels!
Directions to the giant statue of Chairman Mao’s head in Changsha: Hop on a subway to Juzizhou Qinglian Station. Take Exit 2. Enter Orange Isle Park and walk towards the southern tip.
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