Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing
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- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, History, People watching
Expert review of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
After Mao’s death in 1976, his embalmed body was put on display in the Soviet-inspired mausoleum built slap bang in the centre of Tiananmen Square, interrupting the north south Imperial axis once the sole preserve of Emperors. If you want a glimpse at the waxy visage of the Great Helmsman wrapped in the national flag, arrive early – the mausoleum closes at noon. Signs instruct visitors to remove hats and remain solemn as they are brusquely hurried through the building, but true to form, no one seems particularly overcome with reverence, some folks chattering away on mobile phones much to the annoyance of the white-gloved guards.
The mausoleum is free, but for a few RMB you can buy a flower and lay it at the foot of a statue.
More information on Chairman Mao Memorial Hall:
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- Landmark / monument
- Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily 8am-noon