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German towns count on 'red tourists' from China

Birthplaces of Marx and Engels seek to profit from fans of communist thinkers

Chinese tourists pose in front of the Karl Marx House museum in Trier, Germany. (Photo by Jens Kastner)

TRIER, Germany -- The German city where Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818, is bracing for an onslaught of tourists from nominally-communist China as the 200th anniversary of his birth approaches.

Vineyard-surrounded Trier, home to 110,000 people, has recently found itself in the national spotlight after the Chinese government offered to erect a statue of Marx, a key thinker in the development of modern communism, as a gift for the anniversary.

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