Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Is that Chairman Mao above Ningxia vineyards and wineries?

While strolling through Chateau Lanny's vineyard near Yinchuan, Ningxia, I looked up to scan the nearby Helan Mountain. Wait, what is that? There at the mountain's highest point, like a sleeping giant, I saw Chairman Mao Zedong's profile staring skyward. 

Don't you see him?  Honestly, that was before I tasted any Chinese wine that day.

View of Helan Mountain from local government-owned estate Chateau Lanny (sometimes seen incorrectly spelled Lanyi) Winery and Resort near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China. China Wine.

 The Chairman actually promoted grape wine so that locals would not waste rice to make the alcoholic beverage.

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