Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
The grand , stately Chairman Mao Memorial Hall stands on the southern side of Tiananmen Square.Construction on it began in November 1976 and was completed in May 1977. The Memorial Hall is in the shape of a square surrounded by a colonnade, and its design incorporates elements from traditional Chinese architecture.
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is the most important memorial hall of the Party and the state.The greatest Chinese leader of the 20th century, Mao Zedong, is laid to rest in this magnificent edifice.The north hall in the Memorial Hall is where commemorative activities are held. In its center is a white marble statue of Chairman Mao. Chairman Maoˊs remains are in a crystal coffin in the Hall of Last Respests. The words “Long live the great leader and mentor Chairman Mao Zedong ”are inlaid in its forward–facing white marble wall. On the second floor of the Memorial Hall are memorail chambers dedicated to the revolutionary achievements of Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping and Chen Yun. The memorail chambers use dignified exhibits, valuable artifacts and detailed historical materials to vividly portray the outstanding contribution these six great revolutionaries made to the cause of the Chinese peopleˊrevolution and development.
Since it opened, tens of thousands of visitors from China and abroad have visited Chairman Mao Memorial Hall every day to reverentially pay their respests to and cherish the memory of Chairman Mao. The Memorial Hall is a focus for education in patriotism and the revolutionary tradition, and it is a place that the people of all Chinaˊs ethnic groups wish to visit.