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.
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