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Images of the former Chinese leader have been popping up around the country.

Mao Zedong has not been in charge of China for almost 40 years, and his leadership was controversial, to say the least. But there's a little bit of Mao nostalgia creeping into the country's political consciousness. According to CBS:

The face of dissatisfaction with China's Communist Party is the face of the man synonymous with it: Mao Zedong.

Portraits of the revolutionary leader often led packs of demonstrators in protests over Japan's effort last week to bolster its hold on islands claimed by China. Many were hoisted by people born after his death 36 years ago.

Reuters has put together a collection of photos of Mao, both in the places you might expect (massive statues honoring past leaders), and in more surprising spots (the shirts of tourists).


Visitors wear shirts with an image of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at the Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai. (Aly Song/Reuters)


A vendor arranges decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at a booth in Yingtan, central China's Jiangxi province. (Reuters)


A Chinese visitor looks at drawings of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at an exbibition in the southern city of Guangzhou. (Reuters)


A farmer trims a tree near a 105-foot statue of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong in his youth in Changsha, Hunan province. (Reuters)


A painter works on a portrait of Mao Zedong at a film studio on the outskirts of Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

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