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“Short, but worth doing”

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
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Private Day Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall
Ranked #80 of 1,606 things to do in Beijing
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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.
Gorey, Ireland
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“Short, but worth doing”
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.
The body is slightly eerie as there is a light directly on the face, but it looks as if he could have died the day before.
The queue is kept moving at reasonable speed, so there is no option to stop and stare. However, the efficiency makes it a worthwhile experience anyway.

Visited June 2014
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“Go for the cultural compass”
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 him: flowers, bowing, crying (maybe even wailing). Draw your own conclusions!

Visited May 2014
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Beijing, China
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“Go for the experience, not the Great Man himself”
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. We were out the other side 25 minutes later. Didn't need to show a passport. Seeing all the locals who come from all over the country makes it worth the experience. Sure, there's a bit of pushing and shoving, but best advice is to give as good as you get. Nobody will be offended and you will not lose your place in the queue.

Visited May 2014
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Dongguan, China
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“Super Big Let Down”
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 some tips:
- go early in the morning
- wear sunscreen
- wear closed toe shoes, respectful clothing, and don't bring a bag (otherwise you'll have to check it in a different location and that just adds an element of nonsense to your day)
- some say you need your passport, but for us that wasn't true
- find the line on the left hand side of the square that snakes all over the place and get in it
- be patient.

You will stand in line for anywhere from an hour to two hours, but the line shuffles along at a pretty good clip. Once you get inside you will truly have about 20 seconds total to see the body and it will be at least 15 meters away, so you really won't see much of anything.... and then you're back outside again. If that doesn't sound like everything you've ever dreamed of, just skip it.

Visited May 2014
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“Experience recent History”
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 the deference of some Chinese citizens to their former leader. Some travel from far away to see his remains.
There is a contrast between the modesty of those in the lines and the luxury displayed by many Chinese "nouveaux riches".

I stayed in line for a round 1h, and you get to see Mao's remains for about 45s.

Get there before the opening (8.00 except from July 1st to August 31st when it is 07.00) and bring no bags, no cameras, no liquids and no lighter(phone is fine). You will save lots of time that way.

Recommended if you have a couple of hours to spare.

Thank Guillaume R
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