Tips for Visiting Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

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Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall is located at the southern end of Tian’anmen Square between the Monument to the People’s Heroes in the center of Tiananmen Square and Zhengyangmen Gate on the southern edge of Tiananmen Square. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Chairman Mao where his body was embalmed and put on display after his death.

The first floor is open to the public.  The first floor consists of the Northern Grand Hall, the Hall of Mourning and the Southern Grand Hall.  The Northern Hall has a large marble status of Chairman Mao with a backdrop of an immense tapestry of China’s mountains and rivers; you split into two lines that go left and right to enter the Hall of Mourning.

In the Hall of Mourning, the heart of the mausoleum, lies Mao (1893-1976) in his usual gray suit, draped with the red flag of the Communist Party, in a huge glass chamber,  surrounded by PLA ceremonial soldiers. Exit from the Southern Grand Hall where people buy some souvenirs.

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

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Usually you have to queue up for visiting the mausoleum especially on Chinese public holidays. Below are some important tips before you decide to visit Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

Mausoleum of Mao Zedong Admission is free. As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum.

You enter the Northern Grand Hall and exit from the Southern Grand Hall. At the entrance, many people will buy a single chrysanthemum flower at three yuan and buy some souvenirs at the Southern Grand Hall.

1) Opening Hours: 08:00 am – 12 noon ( Tue-Sun ).  As this may change in July and August, it is best to check ahead for specific hours. You need to show your passport for entry (although sometimes your passport is not checked).

2)You have to deposit any bags and cameras in a storage place next to the National Museum of China (to the east of the square). Storage charge for cameras:3 yuan; Storage charge for bags: 2 yuan – 10 yuan. Kind reminder: be vigilant on fake helpers and officials around Mao’s Tomb who are trying to rip you off by charging you exorbitantly for storing your bags or cameras. It is advised to bring nothing to avoid queues to deposit your bags.

3)You can keep your mobile, wallet, passport and keys.  Though cell phones are allowed, but they need to be in your pockets. Everyone remove their hats prior to entering the hall.

4)  You will expect many tourists, but the line move quickly and don’t despair. Kindly remind you to join the line around 10:00 am or go just before closing time when the line is getting much thinner.

5) A long but fast queue offers a good occasion to mix with local Chinese people from all over the country and this is very interesting.

6) Vests and flip flop sandals  are not allowed.

7) Remember to be respectful when visiting, not to run, shout (or even talk).

8) Photographs are forbidden.

9) The young soldiers guarding the area. Do not take a picture of them without asking permission.

10) Kindly suggest that before you visit the mausoleum, you read up Edgar Snow “Red Star Over China” to know more about the life struggle of this great man in China.

11) You can buy a 3 RMB chrysanthemum flower to place at the foot of his statue.

12) Basically it takes less than one hour at the site ( 10 minutes inside and half 10 – 30 minutes outside lining up ).

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