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Mao Zedong Memorial Hall (Máozhǔxí jìniàntáng)
Mao Zedong Memorial Hall (Máozhǔxí jìniàntáng) Review
Sentries here will assure that your communion with the Great Helmsman is brief. After waiting in a long and winding line, you'll be guided into a spacious lobby dominated by a marble Mao statue and then to the Hall of Reverence, where his embalmed body lies in state, wrapped in the red flag of the Communist Party of China inside a crystal coffin that's lowered each night into a subterranean freezer. In a bid to limit Mao's deification, a second-story museum was added in 1983; it's dedicated to the former Premier Zhou Enlai, former general Zhu De, and China's president before the Cultural Revolution, Liu Shaoqi (who was persecuted to death during the Cultural Revolution). The hall's builders willfully ignored Tiananmen Square's geomancy: the mausoleum faces north, boldly contradicting centuries of imperial ritual.
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