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Communist Party Tourism in Jinggangshan

Photographer: Hwee Young How

 

Jinggangshan or Jinggang Mountains in Jiangxi Province, China, is a popular destination for Red Tourism where Chinese Communist Party cadres and ordinary Chinese tourists alike converge, seeking to relive the experiences and rekindle the spirit of the revolutionaries.

 

Jinggangshan is deemed the birthplace of the Chinese Red Army and the ‘cradle of the Chinese revolution’ which saw Communist leader Mao Zedong's ascent to power as a revolutionary. After a failed uprising in 1927, Mao fled into the mountains with his 1,000 remaining troops from nationalist forces and set up base here to reorganize his army, eventually defeating the Kuomingtang (KMT) to rule the country.

 

Cadres dressed in Red Army uniforms attending Communist party training courses in are a common sight in the various historical sites of Jinggangshan where they retrace the paths taken by their forbears.

 

The Chinese Communist Party is slated to hold its 18th National Congress on 08 November 2012 where a major leadership transition will see current leaders President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao make way for a new generation of leaders helmed by Xi Jinping. With more than 80 million members, the Chinese Communist Party is hard pressed to display a show of unity and power after scandals around the ousting of disgraced politician Bo Xilai roiled the country.