A grand golden statue of Mao Zedong, China's late Communist leader that ruled the country for almost 30 years, has been destroyed. 

The colossal, 121-foot-tall and £310,000 worth golden statue that shows Mao Zedong in a sitting position, was being build as a tribute in Tongxu county, central China's Henan Province.

According to various online reports, the gigantic figure took nine months to build and was almost completed (you can still see the construction crane behind the statue). There were people who took great pride in having Mao's golden statue errected in the middle of the fields, while others thought this way of showing respect to the nation's late leader was not at all appropriate.

Despite the fact that Mao is considered to be a negative, highly controversial politicial persona, since the West blames him for the deaths of millions of people under his regime and famine, Communist China still seems to remember their funding father with great respect even four decades after his death.

Jan. 12, 2016 Living photo: Profimedia

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