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I tried to visit at about 1:15 pm on a Friday in January 2019, and all I got to see was the outside of the building and two very nice statues. The Memorial Hall was totally fenced off and there were many security guards around...More
It was low season, and we took a 20 minute detour from the palace to see Mao in state. The flower tributes were touching, and the crowd control is impressive. The guards were more friendly than those in Lenin’s tomb. I didn’t notice any automatic...More
We got there at about 9 on Saturday morning and we were through and finished by 9.30. The queues moved very fast and we didn’t need to show ID, though I would take it just in case. The bag check queue was ridiculous and wasn’t...More
This is the 2nd Mausoleum that i visited. The 1st one was Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, more than a decade ago.
The line wasn't too bad at ~9:30am. We didn't have to "stand" in the line, as the line moved quite swiftly....More
Be prepare, check opening times, it is open only mornings till noon and not every day. You can spend few hours in the long queue and just few minutes inside. First thing, you can not bring any bags, you will be asked to leave them...More
I’m British so love a queue I can stand in!! This one is probably the longest human line on the surface of the planet. You only spend a few seconds walking past the great Mao and his face looks like it could easily be a...More
On most days you'll have to stand in line for over an hour to get inside. It took me an hour to get to the security check. You can bring any bags or cameras inside (smartphones are ok). I left mine at my hotel which...More
I really enjoyed this. Very little evidence of the Cultural Revolution in modern China now. But here you feel it. Workers statues outside, security soldiers who look super serious.
I went by myself in poring rain. Wife, son, son’s girlfriend thought I was nuts. It...More
Seeing Mao is only part of the experience, seeing the reaction of the Chinese people is a whole other experience. It is a cultural experience that should not be missed if you are visiting Beijing.
Be sure, if you go, to first leave your bags...More
The Memorial Hall is open Tuesday to Sunday 08.00 to 12.00. You will need to go through security to enter Tiananmen square first. . You need to take your passport and if possible don't take any bags or cameras as these need... More
The Memorial Hall is open Tuesday to Sunday 08.00 to 12.00. You will need to go through security to enter Tiananmen square first. . You need to take your passport and if possible don't take any bags or cameras as these need to be deposited at a building next to the Hall and that can take extra time leaving and collecting your belongings. We went mid morning - we had no bags - so we joined the queue which moved really quickly. We were asked to show our passports as we were in the queue for the hall. You are asked to switch off mobile phones.The security staff move you along really quickly passed the crystal cabinet so the whole experience didn't last more than 20 mins from joining the queue to leaving the hall. You can buy a flower and lay it at the statue of Chairman Mao at the entrance to the building. Unable to advise re going early but we had plenty of time to do everything .