Chairman Mao shovels earth, I carry it away

Mao zhuxi chantu wo lai dan
毛主席铲土我来担
Chairman Mao shovels earth, I carry it away
1976, July
Shanghai renmin chubanshe (上海人民出版社)
53x77 cm.
BG E13/635

On 25 May 1958, Mao Zedong visited the construction work at the Ming Tombs Reservoir site (Shisanling 十三陵) that would become the Miyun Reservoir near Beijing. The work was overseen closely by Zhou Enlai. Although photographs of Mao seemingly taking part in the digging exist, it is unclear how much work he actually contributed. One of the more famous of these photographs had Beijing Mayor Peng Zhen, standing behind Mao, airbrushed out during the Cultural Revolution.

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