Leisure: Fore At the Ming Tombs

Fore At the Ming Tombs

"Letting a hundred flowers blossom," said Chairman Mao, is a sure sign of "a flourishing socialist culture." Interpreting the Chairman's thought anew, with a view toward tourism, China is busily establishing golf courses. Ground was broken last week for one in the Valley of the Ming Tombs, 30 miles from Peking, by Politburo Member Wang Zhen. As Wang, 76, chopped away with a wedge on a slope that will soon sprout Kentucky bluegrass, a controversy was simmering over the selection of the site.

Preservationists see a development that will eventually include ski slopes, luxury hotels and a racetrack as a desecration...

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