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“Don't pay forma that”

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.
Alella, Spain
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“Don't pay forma that”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

I don't need to explain why you shouldn't visit a place where Mao's body is.

If you are in Tiananmen you can spend the day in the forbidden city, the hutongs near qianmen and more hutong around the lakes. At the sunset, I recommend to head to jingshan park. If you are lucky and the sky is clear you'll enjoy the views of the forbidden city from the back.

As said, if you can avoid it, don't visit Mao.

Visited October 2012
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“What a headache.”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

In order to enter the hall, you have to store your bags before getting in line; no one is at the beginning of line to tell you this, however, so I waited fifteen minutes in line before getting pulled out, having to wait in another line (25 minutes) to store my bag and getting back in line at the end. There's no English sign saying where to store the bags, so ask a friendly volunteer (or at least try). Once you wait in the long line (which moves quickly), you have to go through two security checks. They say to bring your ID, but no one checked mine. You can't bring in any phones, cameras, lighters, food, or beverages. Once you're inside, the line moves along quickly, so that you get to see Mao for about 30 seconds (who looks kind of fake) before being ushered out and having to wait in ANOTHER LINE to reclaim your bag. Ugh.

Visited July 2013
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Canberra Australia
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“Revered by the Chinese who are prepared to queue for hours”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

It's interesting to view the outside of this large monumental mausoleum, and it obviously is a site of pilgrimage for the Chinese who revere and have reall affection for Mao tse Tung, for good or bad. If you are fanatical about Chinese history and have the stamina to q for hours, then it will be interrsting for you. Not for the faint hearted

Visited June 2013
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“Unique in the World”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are interested in Communist history and the cult of preserving former leaders bodies, then you will probably pay pilgrimage here. Only a few countries still do this. It often gets overlooked and part of the reason is the large tour groups lining up (not many foreigners go there) so people do not have enough time to make it.

It is rather pretty basic visit. The line moves quickly. You need to bring ID (such as passport if you are foreigner) and the experience lasts about 5mins as the line keeps moving past a Lincoln like statue and then the preserved body in a crystal case. The experience of walking through this alone is worth it, but don't expect it to be mind blowing.

If you have the time and are in the square, then I would see it. But I would make sure you see the square and Forbidden City first.

Tip: good souvenir shops for interesting gifts back home like Mao watches where you may not find the selection anywhere else in Beijing.

Tip2: one of the days is closed each week so make sure to check the wikipedia before you go.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting but dont get scammed”
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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