How China came to worship the mango during the Cultural Revolution

Posted by M ws On Saturday, March 9, 2013 0 comments

Now the 18-month-long episode, which came at the height of the Cultural Revolution, has been unearthed by a new exhibition.

The mango mania began in the autumn of 1968 when Pakistan's Foreign minister arrived in Beijing and presented Chairman Mao with a case of the fruit.

In turn, the Great Helmsman decided to use the exotic fruit, then utterly unknown in most of China, to make a political statement.

He sent the case, containing roughly 40 mangoes, to a group of workers occupying the campus of Tsinghua university.

Astonished by the miraculous gift, they decided to send one mango to each of Beijing's most important factories.

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