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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), Beijing
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Visit the final resting place of one of the 20th century's best known world leaders at Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), the mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Commemorating the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Part of China from 1945 until his death in 1976, the large, monumental hall has a scale you would expect for a memorial to such a figure, with imposing columns and little to distract the eye in the area immediately surrounding it. Head on to the main court, which has been dotted with statues with images of national pride, red flags, and inscriptions. Line up and walk past the leader's flag-draped body, and head to the onsite museums to learn about the deeds and beliefs of the leader. Take a look at our Beijing travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Within the places offering Tiananmen Square, I dare to say that it is the less interesting, beyond the name and what it represents. You can enter with backpacks or bags. Security requests that they be kept in an office outside the square. To get there make a long row. It will be 30 minutes where you can admire the monumental building from the outside. There are many sellers offering white roses to leave them at the entrance to the mausoleum, as an offering. Inside are not allowed to take pictures and visitors usually saved a solemn silence. Passing the main hall (which has a huge statue of the Prisdente and the place where leave offerings) and one containing the body of Mao, the visit ends in little more than 15 minutes.
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  • Is a giant queue, I went on a Sunday morning, on a sunny day, I've never seen so many people in a row in my life. Never ever. Is a thing that can be counted in hundreds of thousands of people in this very day push, a lot of discussion, a lot of yelling, many old people passing in front of us. The figure of Mao's own, is a wax figure, very poorly made, is practically a disrespect to the visitor. Isn't it possible that someone may believe that it is a body embalmed. Worth the reverence that the Chinese are evil. Is a religious reverence. If you have available, go. If don't do something else more interesting..
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  • Worth a look if you're up early enough and like queuing. Entry is free but you pay for bag storage and additional for camera storage so best to just take a wallet in a zippy pocket.