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This massive mausoleum and memorial hall was built at Tiananmen Square, the center of Beijing and metaphorically of the whole ... More
Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
This massive mausoleum and memorial hall was built at Tiananmen Square, the center of Beijing and metaphorically of the whole of China, shortly after Mao's death in 1976. For nearly 30 years Mao was the center of the Chinese universe, and despite how the future may judge him, he is certainly still revered today. The lines that file into the building and pass his glass sarcophagus are long but fast-moving, and visitors often get the feeling they are being whisked away before they can get a good look at the Great Helmsman, fueling rumors that what is on display is a wax impersonation.
Before walking through the "Moasoluem" as it's called locally you have to check in all packages and cameras. The line is usually long, but moves quickly. You are not allowed to stop while moving past the pickled former ruler. It's a bit grusome, but facinating.
Today the Chinese are mixed in their opinion of Mao. He freed the women of the country from their awful life pre-Mao, but starved millions of his people with his extreme programs. I would recommend this because it's a bit shocking to see the body of Mao laid out like he's sleeping, and he played a huge role in the history of China.
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