This is a banner displayed on a boat burning ceremony on
the new year's eve in Chongqing.
On the banner there are two lines that were lifted from Chairman
Mao's poem See
Off Wen Shen. (送瘟神). "Wen" can be interpreted
both as a pandemic disease and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao,
while Shen in here means devil.
On the new year's eve 2013, a large number of Chongqing
residents congregated at the shore of the Yangtze
River to conduct a ritual prayer for Premier Wen's
downfall in the new year. During the ritual, they burned
a makeshift timber boat and paper boats, symbolising that people's
wrath will eventually explode and destroy Wen
The inspiration to hold a boat burning ceremony came from
the last two lines of Chairman
Mao's poem - See Off Devil Wen.
A copy of Premier Wen
Jiabao's photo was tied onto a makeshift craft which
was then pushed into the river, flew down stream towards
the ocean and eventually sank to the bottom of the abyss.
Wen Jiabao's image on a hell-bound lonely journey.
Also sent to night river were eight paper boats decorated
with white triangle flags, which are typically the items
sent to deceased.
A spooky scene of white paper boats with flickering
candle flames in dark river on the new year's eve
Never was a leader hated so passionately by his people
in Chinese living memory but Premier Wen. That has a lot
Jiabao to reflect on (反思).