Mao Zedong was born in 1893, as a young man, was influenced by the revolution of 1911, which overthrew China's last imperial dynasty. He later became the founding member of the Communist Party of China and ruled as the Chairman from 1949 until his death in 1976. He was a visionary, a poet, a scholar and to some a demi-god who remade China from a poor country into the one of the worlds super powers.
The Dictator was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of his people, and yet millions of people in China still flock to Beijing to visit his grave.
Soon after his death a memorial hall was built. Despite his wish to be cremated, his body was embalmed and is now put in display in the mausoleum. Thousands of people visit his resting place to show respect and pay tribute to the former leader of CPC.
The mausoleum is located in the middle of Tiananmen Square in Beijing and the entrance is free of charge. Taking pictures inside is strictly forbidden and before queuing up, storage your bag and your camera in one of the lockers situated 500 meters east of mausoleum. The charging price for storage depends on the luggage size ( 0,3-1,3€ ). Make sure you bring the passport with you and don't wear sandals nor flip flops (they may restrict you from entering). Although the queue may seem impossibly long, visitors are constantly moving, because nobody is allowed to stop by the chairman's body. At the entry, the guards will allow you to enter just with your passport, keys and cell phone. There you have the option to buy a chrysanthemum flower for 0,5€ and some souvenirs. As you enter the first floor you can see a white marble statue of Mao (place the flower at the foot of his statue) and from there you enter the Hall of Mourning where the Chairman's embalmed body lays in a crystal casket covered by the red flag of the Communist Party.
How to get there:
- take bus 2, 5, 120 to Tiananmen Square East
- take subway line 1 and get off at Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West station
July and August from 7:00 - 11:00
September - December from 8:00 - 11:30 & 14:00 - 16:00
Rest of the year from 8:00 - 12:00
Tuesday - Sunday (closed on Mondays)