Mao Zedong Facts

Chairman Mao didn’t brush his teeth. Instead, he rinsed his mouth with tea, then chewed the leaves. This left the Chairman with green, rooting teeth and gums that oozed puss.

Mao Zedong was the Chinese Communist dictator that founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949. 

Because of Mao Zedong’s industrialization plan for China, approximately 40 million people died of starvation. The famine destroyed Mao’s reputation and he lost his absolute power.

Chairman Mao had a sexual relationship with Chen Luwen, a self-described “imperial concubine.” She was 14 at the time, and he was 68.

Three years before his death, Chairman Mao offered to send 10 million women to the United States. The Chairman believed his country was too poor to sustain, in his view, an excessive number of women.

In 1958 Mao Zedong ordered all the sparrows to be killed because they ate too much grain. This caused one of the worst environmental disasters in history.

When he died, Chairman Mao’s body was embalmed and put on display inside of a crystal coffin. Visitors can still see his preserved body at the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.