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With Mao at Its Heart, Village Gets Rich

Visitors take a break at the Dongfang Hong Square at the center of Nanjie village, where a statute of Mao Zedong is visibly seen. Photo: Chen Liang/Caixin
Visitors take a break at the Dongfang Hong Square at the center of Nanjie village, where a statute of Mao Zedong is visibly seen. Photo: Chen Liang/Caixin

Nanjie, in Central China’s Henan province, is one of the country’s wealthiest villages, shooting to national and arguably international fame for growing its economy from merely 700,000 yuan in 1984 to 1.2 billion yuan a decade later.

The village, with a population of 3,700, is home to more than two dozen businesses as diverse as food processing, beverages, liquor, printing and pharmaceutical manufacturing, which together sell goods worth more than 2 billion yuan ($293 million) a year.

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