China’s Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution Ends in 1976 (Part 6)

In Part 6, the anarchy led by Mao spread. Schools and hospitals closed.  Offices and factories were in chaos. Qi Youyi, who was a factory worker in Beijing, describes how bad it was. Production stopped. No one knew when he or she might be denounced and arrested. Many workers committed suicide.

After two years, the army was called to restore order and reestablish the Communist Party. The Red Guards were sent to the countryside to learn from the peasants. However, the Cultural Revolution did not really end until 1976 when Mao died.

Deng Xiaoping's China where Getting Rich is Glorious

After his death, Mao’s closest supporters, the Gang of Four, were arrested and Mao’s revolutionary activities were abandoned. In an attempt to hold the country together, the Communist Party used propaganda and the Red Army to maintain control so the country would not fall apart.

Deng Xiaoping replaced ideological fervor with economic activity so the people would be motivated not by dreams of equality but by money. In the 1980s, the new message was “to get rich is glorious”.

Return to Part 5, China’s Great Leap Forward or start with Part 1


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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