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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

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Address: Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
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+86 10 6513 2277
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Tue - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The remains of one of China’s most famous rulers, Chairman Mao, rest in...

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.

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The speed was the surprise here. I was warned about queues but came out of Metro at 8.02am & was back out in the sunshine at 8.22, having seen Mao's body. Mostly Chinese people in... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2014
Brian C
Gorey, Ireland
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is free to enter & quite quick to move through. We found this absolutely amazing probably for all the wrong reasons. The local people were extremely reverent upon seeing Mao, it was like they were worshipping him as a God. The security is tight, no stopping, no bags or cameras allowed. Mao himself looks like a wax figure. I... More 

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Gorey, Ireland
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

The speed was the surprise here. I was warned about queues but came out of Metro at 8.02am & was back out in the sunshine at 8.22, having seen Mao's body. Mostly Chinese people in queue & first hall has a huge table for flowers. Almost full after about 15 mins. Not sure how they handle that through the day.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

By that I mean: go and observe! As others have said, the line (though intimidating) takes only a half an hour at most from the point of getting in line to the minute you exit the memorial hall. The most interesting part of the experience of visiting Mao lying in state is the reverence you will see being paid to... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

As others have pointed out, you'll only spend a few seconds shuffling past the Chairman. But the experience is surreal enough to say, yes, if you've got a spare half hour and you happen to be in Tiananmen. The queue looks terrible, but it moves really quickly - we started alongside the sign that points you towards the storage lockers.... More 

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Dongguan, China
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

I have wanted to see the infamous Mao Ze Dong ever since I moved to China seven years ago, but after seeing it I was so disappointed I wished I hadn't, because it was a giant hassle and completely not worth the hours of my life it wasted. If you, like me, simply MUST see it for yourself, here are... More 

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Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

I went to Chairman Mao mausoleum on a Friday morning in May 2014. Most tourists visit Beijing for the forbidden city, the great Wall, summer place and other sights as young as the 19th century. But the more recent history is there as well. You can experience it at this mausoleum, regardless of your political views. I was struck by... More 

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

It was about a 2 hour wait in line where you stand with mostly Chinese Nationals who have no concept of a line. I understand that I am a foreigner and a guest in another country who doesn't fully grasp the concept of the local customs but most people there do not stay in line rather forcefully push there way... More 

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

The tomb of Mao is in the centre of Tianamen Square, and has some of the most stringent security checks I’ve had to go through in China. No bags, cameras off, full body scan like at an airport – they take it very seriously considering you’re in there for all of a minute. Mao Zedong was the Chairman of the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Tiananmen Square is the worst when it comes to the English language. This was a surprise, considering other major attractions, as well as the subway system, has English captions. Anyhow, I was visiting on my own and unfamiliar with the layout of the square. After going through a security check, I followed the crowd to a very long line. I... More 

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Hangzhou, China
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Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Despite a long line the queue moved very fast and was very efficient getting everyone through. You don't get long with Mao but was worth doing. It's free and an interesting part of Chinese history. It's Chinese in the security checks and herding of people and queue jumpers but it's all part of the experience.

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