I wonder how may people traveling to the Olympics in Beijing this summer will come home with Chairman Mao-Era inspired souvenirs.
Walk through any major market frequented by tourists in China’s major cities and there is plenty of Cultural Revolution kitsch stocking vendor’s stalls.
Ceramic collectibles depicting followers are lined up like atrophied action figures with a post war color palette. Propaganda posters and wind up alarm clocks complete with a devotee waving the Little Red Book of Quotations are popular items. I’ve been tempted by the alarm clock on several occasions.
Stacks of the Little Red Book are also common. They are available in many languages. I saw French, Japanese and German to name a few.
Here are some of the places in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong where you can stock up on Mao Memorabilia:
Dongtai Road Antique Market Shanghai
Hollywood Road Hong Kong