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Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

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Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, with an Ecuadorian delegation led by Ricardo Patiño in front.

The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Máo Zhuxí Jìniàn Táng), commonly known as the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong or the Maosoleum, 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 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. It stands on the previous site of 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 (though some claim this is a wax sculpture placed over the actual body). People line up for hundreds of meters every day to see the former chairman, many paying tribute to him with flowers that can be purchased at the entrance on the north side. There is a souvenir shop at the exit on the south side.

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