Chairman Mao Memorial Hall 毛泽东纪念堂

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Photo: Chen Chao
Tiananmen Square (south side) Free

Allegedly built in just six months by the Chinese people in a show of dedication to their deceased leader (in defiance of his wish to be cremated), the Memorial Hall contains the embalmed body of Chairman Mao in a crystal coffin which is raised and lowered from an underground freezer every day.

A respectful, even holy atmosphere exists inside, with Chinese people buying plastic flowers to lay at the bottom of his statue and others praying. Visitors are allowed relatively close to the body, but unfortunately not for long before they need to shuffle away.

Bags and cameras must be checked in before entering, and it’s advisable to get there early.

Venue name: Chairman Mao Memorial Hall 毛泽东纪念堂
Opening hours: 8am-noon, Tue-Sun.
Admission: FREE
Metro: Tiananmen East (Line 1, 2)
English address: Tiananmen Square (south side) Dongcheng
Chinese address: 东城区东城区天安门广场南
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