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
, Chairman of the Politburo
of the Communist Party of China
from 1943 and the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
from 1945 until his death in 1976.
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
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.
The mausoleum was built right after Mao's death on (September 9, 1976). The groundbreaking ceremony took place November 24, 1976, and the mausoleum was completed on May 24, 1977. Hua Guofeng
, who supervised the mausoleum project, has his handwriting on the mausoleum's sign.
According to China Pictorial
, Issue 9, 1977, people throughout China designed and built the mausoleum. Material from all over China was used for the construction: granite from... Read More