The statue was the idea of a local businessman, Sun Qingxin, deputy chairman of the County People’s Congress Standing Committee, the head of the Lixing Group, a conglomerate that owns food-processing facilities, hospitals and schools.He was described as “crazy about Mao”. Mao Zedong governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. He is particularly known for its personality cult but however one of the most important individuals in modern world history. He modernized China. Critics consider him a dictator. The actual president Xi Jinping has often praised Mao as a model for China today, saying Mao’s era was one when officials were selfless and honest.