First of all if you are gullible, unsuspecting and have previous for falling hook line and sinker for some communist propaganda then you should probably disregard this review.
After the palaver of storing bags in lockers across the street and going through airport style security we were ushered towards the memorial hall via a stall selling flowers 3CNY. After respectfully laying flowers in the first room of the memorial hall everyone was heralded into the second room in single file to view the body of Chairman Mao lying in state. This 'body' of Chairman Mao who has been dead for nearly 40 years appeared to have more life in it than my myself. I'm not sure what it was I was looking at (you only get 15 seconds or so to make your mind up) but it certainly was not the body of a man who has been dead nearly 40 years. From my quick view it looked like a waxwork with it's head lit up with Christmas lights - however I have seen better efforts in Madame Tussauds.
If I had paid a penny for or had queued for more than 5 minutes I would have felt completely mugged off. However, I am going to give this attraction 2/5 just for the comedy value it provided and for being a completely surreal experience !