When I first stumbled across this memorial-sculpture on Google Image Search, I thought it was gorgeous until I realized it was of Mao Zedong, (whose backwards policies and confused leadership absolutely decimated the Chinese countryside creating famine and starvation for countless peoples of rural China.) It pretty much lost all mystique at that point.
On top of that you can tell his wife, Jiang Qing, was an ENORMOUS bitch.
Jiang Qing showed few signs of sorrow during the days following Mao’s death. It was uncertain who controlled the Communist Party’s central organs during this transition period. Hua Guofeng, as Mao’s designated successor, held the titular power as the acting Chairman of the Communist Party and as Premier. However, Hua was not very influential. Some sources indicate that Mao mentioned Jiang Qing before his death in a note to Hua Guofeng, telling him to “go consult her” if he runs into problems (Chinese: 有事找江青).
Jiang Qing believed that upholding the status quo, where she was one of the highest-ranked members of the central authorities, would mean that she would effectively hold onto power. In addition, she believed that her status as Mao’s widow would make it difficult for her to be removed. She continued to invoke Mao’s name in her major decisions, and acted as first-in-charge.
Her political ambitions and lack of respect for most of the elder revolutionaries within the Central Committee became notorious. Her support within the Central Committee was dwindling, and her public approval was dismal. Ye Jianying, a renowned general, met in private with Hua Guofeng and Wang Dongxing, commander of a secret service-like organization called the 8341 Special Regiment. They determined that Jiang Qing and her associates must be removed by force in order to restore stability.