Yingze (迎泽 - Yíngzé) is the central street of the city (see the first two pictures below). In Taiyuan, there is an amusing story about the origin of its name. Yingze Street was built in 1955. It was allegedly prepared for the arrival of Mao Zedong (毛泽东 - Máo Zédōng) to the city. The first hieroglyph Yin, in the street name, is translated as "to meet" or "welcome". The second hieroglyph Ze, is short for Zedong. There is a certain irony in the fact that Mao Zedong has never come to Taiyuan.
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