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“Dead but alive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
010-65132277
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Ranked #113 of 1,198 Attractions in Beijing
4.0 of 5 stars 145 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
Activities: People-watching
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The remains of one of China’s most famous rulers, Chairman Mao, rest in this simple mausoleum, which features 44 granite columns and glazed yellow trim.
Astana, Kazakhstan
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“Dead but alive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Must to see. One of the history man still alive. Long queue but moving fast. Don't take your bags and slippers as may be refused to enter. Interesting to see lighting face of the leader.

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“Mmm....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Not so worth it. Hugenormous queue have to get there before 6 or 7am to actually see the body. Besides they close very early

Visited July 2012
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Holbrook, New York
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“Interesting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

It was really something to see the remains of chairman Mao embalmed with his face lit up like either a jack-o-lantern or a Christmas ornament. I actually bought an ornament for my tree in the gift shop right afterwards. The only downsides were waiting on the long line for a hour and in the hot, humid, smoggy Beijing weather.

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“Strange but Unique Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Before you get in line make sure that you leave your bags and cameras at the left-luggage office on the south edge of Tiananmen Square. Also make sure you have your passport with you for identification.

The entrance to the mausoleum is on the north side but the line starts on the eastern side.

We visited at 11:45, 15 minutes before it closes, and we experienced no waiting whatsoever. After a quick security check we entered the building and along with other visitors we filed through a couple of rooms before arriving at the hall where the man himself was at rest.

I was surprised how close we were and what a good view we had. I would estimate we were 8 - 10 feet away. We didn't stop, but filed through at a slow walking pace. The next minute we were out in the open air and it was all over.

Outside it was possible to buy all sorts of Mao memorabilia from the gift shops

It was a strange experience, but I'm glad that we did, although I'm not quite sure why and I don't think we would do it again.

Visited June 2012
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Saluda, North Carolina
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“strange and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

It was quite a process. We had to check our bags across the street, get in a long line, have our IDs checked (which we forgot but they let us through anyway), and then go single file very slowly and silently past his body. It was an interesting experience for sure!
Photos at http://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/beijing-china/

Visited June 2012
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