Mausoleum sights in Běijīng
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Chairman Mao died in September 1976 and his Memorial Hall was constructed shortly thereafter on the former site of the Zhōnghuá Gate.
The Chinese display an almost religious respect when confronted with the physical presence of Mao. The Great Helmsman's mummified corpse lies in a crystal cabinet, draped in a red flag emblazoned with hammer and sickle while impatient guards in white gloves brusquely wave the hoi polloi on towards further rooms and Mao memorabilia. At certain times of the year the body requires maintenance and is not on view. Bags must be deposited at the building east of the memorial hall across the road (if you leave your camera in your bag you will be…