BEIJING (Reuters) - A red-light district next to a "Red Tourism" site dedicated to China's revolutionary martyrs meant some visitors were getting more than "patriotic education," Xinhua news agency said Thursday.

A court in southwestern Sichuan province this week sentenced a hotel manager and four accomplices to jail terms of eight months to 12 years for providing prostitutes next to the Martyrs' Mausoleum.

Police and officials bribed to ignore the illegal activities near the monument in the city of Luzhou had previously been punished, Xinhua said on its English Web site,, without specifying.

"(The hotel manager) organized sexual services and striptease performances," it said.

China has declared 2005 the year of Red Tourism, promoting travels to sites where Communist heroes were born, lived or fought.

The mausoleum stands as tribute to 64 people who died for the revolutionary cause since 1911, when China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, was overthrown.

The Communist Party all but eradicated prostitution in China after sweeping to power in 1949, yet it has returned in a big way over the past two decades of market reforms.

The crimes were exposed by state television early this year, prompting an investigation and the arrests of the five suspects.

Xinhua hailed the case as an example of "aggressive investigative journalism in China."