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Chinese tourists flock to Communist Party 'holy sites'

Red tourism jump-starts local economies and preaches party loyalty

Participants dressed in replica red army uniforms take pictures in front of a relief showing former Chinese communist leaders Mao Zedong and Zhu De at a historic site of the Long March in the mountains outside Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to tourist spots in China, much like in every other country. But one travel option has proven resilient: "red tourism" to sites historically significant for the Communist Party.

Earlier this month, this correspondent visited the city of Jinggangshan in Jiangxi Province, a major "revolutionary holy site" located two and a half hours by air from Beijing. It was there that Mao Zedong, the father of modern China, organized peasants and established the first stronghold for armed struggle at the end of the 1920s.

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