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“Piece of world history”

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
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Fee: No
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 29 June 2018

Being just a kick in the pants off 60 years old and having grow up with world communism and the cold war etc. this is a place I really wanted to see, almost for old times sake! The Hall is located in the middle of Tiananmen Square and is free to visit although you need to leave your bags at the visitor centre on the road alongside the square (nominal charge applies). There were loads of people visiting when we were there but, strangely, no significant queue outside the building. The line of visitors inside keeps moving and you get walk right past the glass case with Mao's embalmed body. The majority of visitors were Chinese and it is amazing the reverence they still show to this man, young and old alike. I guess you need to remember that he led them from conditions of poverty and exploitation and, arguably, enabled the prosperity they experience today.

Thank Dakles
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"glass coffin"
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"tiananmen square"
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The reverence that the Chinese show to this man is amazing. There is a constant line filing past his open coffin. Many purchase Chrysanthamums that they leave as they file by. As with many attractions this would be better combined with, for instance Tiananmen Square.

Thank cynthiarob
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

It was good to visit but.. you need to queue up and 7 RMB to deposit your bag far eastern side. If you have a camera in your bag, big or small, you need to pay another 5 RMB.. well I always have a compact camera in my bag and because of that I pay 12 RMB.. not a big deal of money but I don't understand why did I have to pay for it since my bag was still chucked on the same open shelf with others.

Thank Ah-huaH
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

This is the tomb and memorial of the man who helped build a powerful, influential nation. Whether you're a local or a tourist, it's worth a visit. Here, you will be able to meet the great Chairman Mao.
I visited alone on a hot sunny day. There was a considerably long line outside. But it was worth the wait to see a piece of history and pay respect to the Chairman.
Staff (5/5): Staff outside were very knowledgable about the building and about the Chairman. They were able to answer my questions in great detail and in English. The soldiers inside were all very well dressed and extremely professional, adding to the sense of Chairman Mao's importance. Even the sellers of flowers were extremely knowledgable about the history.
Price (5/5): There is no ticket price. But if you wish, you may purchase flowers for 3 yuan each that you can place in the memorial. I personally purchased 3 flowers for 9 yuan.
Cleanliness (5/5): Very clean. No smoking. No litter. Everything inside was wiped down and everything was very well maintained.
Experience (4.5/5): The experience was very interesting. But the lineup was a little long, especially in the sun. Also, I felt that the crowd was rushed a little too fast past the crystal coffin of Chairman Mao. I feel like if we had some extra time, it would be much better.
Overall, a 5/5 for this free attraction, where you can see and pay respects to a historically significant Chinese leader. Very well educated and polite staff. A must-see activity. Remember to turn phones to silent, take off hats, and dress in appropriate attire. Please be silent while paying your respect and you'll have a very memorable experience!

1  Thank Ryan R
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

The other half was keen to experience this one so we joined the queue with all of the Chinese locals who dutifully queue up and buy copious amounts of flowers to lay in tribute to their previous leader. It’s fascinating to see and very different to the Western way of doing things but I guess it’s just like a never ending respectful funeral.
The hall itself is impressive but you are constantly guiding along the route and don’t really get a chance to take it all in. It’s understandable though as they have a lot of people to get through the mausoleum. Mao lies in state enclosed in a glass coffin. Looks in pretty good shape all things considered.
It took us about 10 minutes to get through but it is a bit of a fiasco if you want to see mao. You can take phones in but you can’t take in cameras or bags so you need to head to the special locker room which is across the street from the square. Leave all goods there and then join the queue for the mausoleum. You will have to go through a security check area like that you find in an airport so don’t bother trying to smuggle goods in.

Thank LynsFrostee
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