A famous Chinese aphorism goes, “Yingxiong nan guo meiren guan (It is difficult for a hero to pass by [i.e. disregard] the gate of a beauty).”

That was apparently the case with the late Mao Zedong, whose personal physician published a postmortem account of Mao’s declining years that revealed the revolutionary credited with founding the modern Chinese state boasted a legendary sexual appetite, which he sustained well into his dotage.

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