Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao
The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, commonly known as the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, or the Mao Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Mao Zedong.
Located to the east of Tiananmen Square, north of the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Chairman Mao memorial Hall rests on the site of former Gate of China (Zhonghuamen).
Although Mao had wished to be cremated, his body was embalmed, and construction of a mausoleum began shortly after his death. This highly popular attraction is located in the middle of Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, the capital of China. On this site had previously stood the Gate of China, the southern (main) gate of the Imperial City during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The remains of the Great Helmsman, as he is sometimes known, are on display for public viewing. People line up for hundreds of feet (dozens of meters) every day to see the former chairman, many paying tribute to him with flowers which can be rented at the entrance on the north side. There is a souvenir shop at the exit on the south side.
Location: just to the east of Tiananmen Square
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 12:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; 07:30 to 11:30 & 14:00 to 16:00 on Sep. 9 (the day Chairman Mao passed away) and Dec. 26 (the birthday of Chairman Mao)
To Tiananmen Square Page for more info.