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  • Workers change the portrait of China’s founding father Mao Zedong hanging over the entrance of Beijing’s Forbidden City on Thursday. Every year before the Oct. 1 National Day holiday, the portrait is swapped for a new one. The old portrait is refurbished and used again the following year, according to Beijing Youth Daily. Photo: VCG_Gallery: Giving Chairman Mao a Facelift
     
     
    Workers change the portrait of China’s founding father Mao Zedong hanging over the entrance of Beijing’s Forbidden City on Thursday. Every year before the Oct. 1 National Day holiday, the portrait is swapped for a new one. The old portrait is refurbished and used again the following year, according to Beijing Youth Daily. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Giving Chairman Mao a Facelift

Tiananmen’s iconic portrait of Mao Zedong is replaced ahead of the National Day holiday

09.28.2018
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Workers change the portrait of China’s founding father Mao Zedong hanging over the entrance of Beijing’s Forbidden City on Thursday. Every year before the Oct. 1 National Day holiday, the portrait is swapped for a new one. The old portrait is refurbished and used again the following year, according to Beijing Youth Daily. Photo: VCG
Workers clean up the gate’s wall Thursday night before hanging up a new portrait of Mao Zedong ahead of the National Day holiday. The holiday is held to celebrate the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo: VCG
Workers change the Mao Zedong portrait hanging over the Gate of Heavenly Peace, known in Chinese as Tiananmen, on Thursday night. Photo: VCG
A couple watch the changing of the Mao Zedong portrait at Tiananmen on Thursday night. Photo: VCG

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