Do you know this Red Square? It’s in China, not in Moscow

BY SILVI WRITER

You may know the Red Square in Moscow, the Russian capital. But what you may not know is there is another Red Square in China too.

It’s neither in Beijing, China’s capital and political centre, nor in Shanghai, the birthplace of the Communist Party of China back in 1921.

The Chinese Red Square locates in Haifeng (海丰), a small town with a population of roughly 800,000 in southern China’s coastal Guangdong province.

The Red Square, together with a nearby estate named Red Palace, showcases the township’s communist history in the revolutionary ages of China.

Haifeng claims to be the birth place of China’s first Soviet regime, established in Nov 27 when the Haifeng Soviet Congress of Worker-Peasant-Soldiers was held.

The congress also decided to brush walls around the Palace with red paint and cover the indoor walls with red cloth, imitating the Red Palace in Moscow.

It seems the township’s leadership is not happy with having just a square and palace in red.

It has painted almost all the houses and buildings, low and high, in the town’s central areas in red and yellow, the colours of China’s national flag, in autumn last year.

Even the road lights were painted in to yellow.

The town is now a major destination of red, or revolutionary-themed, tourism in Guangdong.

Below is a photo gallery of what Haifeng looks now – photos taken by a Silvi writer.

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Haifeng is hometown of Peng Pai (彭湃; 1896 – 1929), one of the early leaders of the CPC. The slogan on top of the building goes “Hometown of Peng Pai, the Red Town in the east”.

 

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