Seven years after the People’s Republic of China was established, Mao Zedong allowed people to express their opinions on the way the country was being run in a campaign called the “Hundred Flowers Campaign.” Once this happened, those who said things against the government were then jailed or unheard of since.
In September 2006, Chinese Border Patrol guards opened fire on a group of Tibetan pilgrims moving slowly in deep snow, killing a 17-year-old girl. The incident is only known in the West because a Romanian mountain climber secretly recorded it.
In 2013, police busted a meat packing plant in China that was selling 20 tons of chicken meat slaughtered in 1967. It had been treated with hydrogen peroxide to make it look presentable in markets and stores.
The last emperor of China spent his last years as a commoner under the communist regime. He was lost on his first day of work as a street sweeper and told a passerby: “I’m Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing dynasty. I’m staying with relatives and can’t find my way home.”
Shenzhen, China went from sleepy fishing village (population 30K) to a global city of over 10 million that produces 90% of world’s electronics. With some of the tallest skyscrapers on earth. All in a mere 35 years.