Neo-Maoists have launched an online crusade against a “Christianity theme park” that recently opened in the southern Chinese city where Mao Zedong “converted” to communism.
The park – which is reportedly centred around an 80-metre (263ft) tall church designed to resemble Noah’s Ark – was inaugurated last month in the city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.
News reports about the project have infuriated China’s Mao devotees, for whom the city is a species of holy land.
“When I saw the news about the so-called ‘Christianity theme park’, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Guo Songmin, a prominent neo-Maoist scholar and commentator, wrote online.
“The whole church thing is as inconceivable as a visitor from outer space and is largely a cultural invasion,” Guo said, demanding that authorities replace the church’s cross with a red star.