Status of Chinese People

About China and Chinese people's living condition

  • China Organ Harvesting Report, in 19 languages

  • Torture methods used by China police

  • Censorship

  • Massive protests & riots in China

  • Top 9 Posts (In 48 hours)

  • All Topics

  • Books to Read

    1. A China More Just, Gao Zhisheng
    2.Officially Sanctioned Crime in China, He Qinglian
    Will the Boat Sink the Water? Chen Guidi, Wu Chuntao
    Losing the New China, Ethan Gutmann
    Nine Commentaries on The Communist Party, the Epochtimes
  • Did you know

    Reporters Without Borders said in it’s 2005 special report titled “Xinhua: the world’s biggest propaganda agency”, that “Xinhua remains the voice of the sole party”, “particularly during the SARS epidemic, Xinhua has for last few months been putting out news reports embarrassing to the government, but they are designed to fool the international community, since they are not published in Chinese.”
  • RSS Feeds for Category

    Organ Harvesting

    Human Rights

    Made in China







    Feed address for any specific category is Category address followed by 'Feed/'.

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 223 other followers

Confucius comeback continues with Beijing Tiananmen statue

Posted by Author on January 13, 2011

BEIJING — China has unveiled a statue of Confucius on Tiananmen Square — the latest sign of the ancient philosopher’s comeback after decades in which his teachings were suppressed by Mao Zedong.

The 7.9-metre (26-feet) tall statue stands at an entrance to China’s National Museum, which fronts Tiananmen Square and its communist monuments such as late revolutionary leader Mao’s tomb in the heart of the capital.

The teachings of China’s most famous philosopher, who was born in 551 BC, centred on peace, harmony and each citizen’s duty to respect their superiors.
They became a virtual state religion but were denounced as feudal and banned under Mao’s communist regime, particularly during the icon-smashing years of the radical Cultural Revolution.

The 1966-76 mass political movement against “old” ways and thinking was originally launched by Mao in a bid to neutralise potential political rivals.

But Confucius’ teachings have enjoyed an officially-sanctioned rehabilitation under the current Communist Party leadership amid the wholesale abandonment of Maoist thought.

The new statue faces across Beijing’s main thoroughfare toward the Forbidden City, the former Chinese imperial home, where a huge portrait of Mao hangs over the complex’s entrance.

The National Museum, which is on the east side of the square, has been closed for more than three years for a major renovation. Media reports said it could reopen this year.

The Beijing Daily newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying the statue was erected this week to recognise Confucius’ status as a “symbol of traditional Chinese culture and a calling card of Chinese culture”.

With government support, Confucius institutes have been established around the world with the aim of promoting the Chinese language and culture.

In 2009, a Confucius biopic backed by the government was released to coincide with National Day on October 1, which that year marked the 60th anniversary of Mao’s 1949 declaration of the People’s Republic of China.

Last September, Chinese officials in Beijing marked the philosopher’s birthday at a ceremony in a Confucian temple, the first time it was celebrated in the capital since at least 1949.


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: