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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
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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.
Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

You have to put your bags, metsl, lighters, phones etc into lockers before you queue. Generslly the queue goes down quickly, but you can only go tuesday - saturday 8am until 12 noon. There is a lot of security and then you file past in single file past the coffin. Very interesting to see how a lot of people still revear him. Beware of people looking official standing near the entrance of the queue telling you you have to cover shoulders and selling you shoes as you cant wear flip flops its not true.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

I have visited Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi, so I had an inkling of what to expect, but Mao's is a bit weirder. Anytime you see a dead body in a preserved state it's kind of creepy, but with Mao they have gone all out. He is lit up in a way that makes him look almost fake. Watching a crowd of Chinese people being silent is also an experience in itself. Well worth the visit. It was quick and easy.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

To visit this attraction you need to check your bags and cameras across the street- make sure you have pockets for your wallet and passport.

We visited on a Saturday and the line was very long (about 2kms) but moved at a good pace. We were among the few western tourists in the line as we waited we wondered if it was worth it- it was.

We highly recommend taking the time to see the Memorial Hall. It was unique and unlike anything we've ever visited in other countries.

Thank robandrea
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Worth a visit to satisfy your curiosity. Don't be scared of by the long queue. The queue advances quickly. The queue form through the right side (east) of the memorial hall. Bags and camera are not allowed into the hall and can be deposited across the road to the east.
There is security check before entering the memorial hall. Surprisingly they did not check ID and passport. After entering the building, 2 lines are formed to walk through the chamber. Mao's corpse is draped with red flag within the crystal coffin and only his face can be seen from few meters away. It only takes less than 1 minute to walk past Mao's coffin.
I have to say it looks unreal but yet worth a visit as it only takes less than an hour.

Thank happyrae
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The line looks so long, and yes it's long, but it goes really quick. We go in and make a round around Mao's corpse, then out we go. Looking at a corpse is kind of freaky.

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