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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
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Private Day Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall
Ranked #78 of 1,605 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.
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“Worth it if your in the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

If in tian anmen square I would recommend seeing chairman Mao. It's free to go in with your passport, no bags at all are aloud in so you must leave them at the bag check to the south of the entrance. The line moves incredibly fast as everyone is ushered to keep moving. You get a clear view of Mao and of the respect the people have for him.

Visited August 2014
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“No, no & no”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Im sorry i ur offended by this , but a person that did so much damage to thousands of innocent ppl doesnt deserve a memorial. Good vibes to all chinese citizens!

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“Quick moving ques”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

As expected there were alot of people here, however it is controlled well and the ques move very quickly so it wasnt much of a problem. Once in there it is pretty interesting. No bags or cameras are allowed in understandably so you have to leave them in the museum opposite.

Visited July 2014
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“Walk past the father of todays China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

Visit closes as 11am so allow extra time to get through security into Tiananmen Square then deposit your bag & camera into the left luggage area and then join the line to the memorial. The photocopy of our passport did serve as valid identification and then with due respect we entered the memorial. On entry go left then stay to the right of the line to get the best view. It will be fast - you are not allowed to linger. The first hall contains a large statue of a sitting Mao surrounded by the thousands of bunches of chrysanthemums laid by the Chinese. The second hall is the body of Mao ... the preservation is excellent - the moment is sombre. Do not be overwhelmed by the thousands of people in the line - we were in and out in 24 minutes. Respect needed for this the most revered of Chinese leaders

Visited July 2014
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“Go early, take no bags.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

Go early. During July the mausoleum opens at 7. Get there early, having either left your bags at the hostel or with someone, as the charges for storing bags are ridiculous and it's just another line to stand in. Be aware also that early in the morning not all security entrances to Tianamen square will be open, so give yourself plenty of time.

You're supposed to take a passport, but we were never asked for ours and photos are not allowed, so you're not supposed to take cameras, we were in a line with plenty of folks taking photos on the walk up towards the mausoleum, but not inside.

You'll get the opportunity to spend 3 RMB on a white flower to place on a pile in the room prior to seeing Mao, even before 8am there were piles and piles of them. It's a very quick trip, you'll be kept moving by the line of folks behind you.

Silence is required.

There is a little bit of a comedy moment, as you first get into the room where Mao's body is, and all you can see is the glass coffin and an orange glow where his face it, it becomes clearer as you get a little closer, but by then you're pretty much passed him and on your way out. There's no stopping on the way.

It's worth going if you're there, but you do need to plan your trip to account for the lines and the security to get into the square.

Visited July 2014
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