Agence France-PresseMarch 22, 2013 05:31
Residents of China's "richest village" bid farewell Friday to the man who made Huaxi a socialist paradise, with a 20-vehicle funeral procession transporting his coffin and a helicopter flying overhead.
Wu Renbao, retired Communist Party chief of the village, died on Monday of cancer aged 84.
At a memorial ceremony, hundreds of mourners wearing black armbands bowed their heads in silence beneath a huge photograph of him, surrounded by wreaths made of paper flowers sent by China's top leaders.
"He will be in our hearts forever," one villager said, with tears in her eyes.