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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

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Address: Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
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Phone Number: +86 10 6513 2277
07:00 - 11:00
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Tue - Sun 07:00 - 11:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The remains of one of China’s most famous rulers, Chairman Mao, rest in...

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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Unique experience - morning only

How often do you get the chance to see one of the big figures of 20th century history, and at the same time feel part of a cultural phenomenon that as a visitor to China we can at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there during the National Holidays and the queue was long. However, it was an amazing experience to be in Chinese queue! It took 50 minutes to get in there and total of 2 minutes to see Chairman Mao's statue and then his body in the glass coffin.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Worth a look if you're up early enough and like queuing. Entry is free but you pay for bag storage and additional for camera storage so best to just take a wallet in a zippy pocket.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

How often do you get the chance to see one of the big figures of 20th century history, and at the same time feel part of a cultural phenomenon that as a visitor to China we can at times struggle to comprehend? As everyone says, it is over very quickly but has a strange emotional resonance, watching the varied reactions... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Ok so if like me you have read a few of the other reviews here there is a long, long, long (did I mention long?) line to see the general. The line literally stretches around the block and is the most massive queue I have ever seen anywhere in the world for anything! This is not an over dramatisation I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Having visited Ho Chi Minh's tomb in Hanoi I thought I should go visit Chairman Mao while in Beijing. I was in the area nice and early after watching the sunrise flag raising ceremony. Joined the queue with hundreds of Chinese (and very few westerners) and waited ... go to the front of the line after a 60 minute wait... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I had read a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor that talk about going early in the morning and having to push and shove in the queue for hours. You don't need to do this. I showed up on a Tuesday morning at 11.30, which is 30 mins before they close. There were no queues and I never stopped walking except... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We visited the Hall one Wednesday morning during a week-long trip to Beijing. After reading that you needed to get there early, we arrived at 9 am, an hour after it opened, to see a huge huge huge line of people. Since the weather was mild without any direct sunlight, we got in line. Although the line moved, it took... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The experience starts with the line- it is a long, long long line. Make sure to take any bags across the street and check them before getting on line. A guy saw m looking lost and took me across the street, helped check my bag, took me back and cut the line for me to get in about half way... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This was on our itinerary as part of an organized private tour. The hall was not something we picked to do, but there was no wait that day and our tour guide advised us to go. We looked to be the only western tourists in the line and one of the few who did not stop to buy flowers to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Not sure why i enjoyed the 60 second look at Chairman Mao after walking in the crazy push and shove line for an hour, but i did. Had a hard time figuring out where the baggage check was (as you face the Memorial Hall, it is across the street on your left!) and finding the end of the line, but... More 

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