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Photo of Mao's Mausoleum in China

This photo shows one of the revolutionary sculptures outside Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Mao is embalmed in the mausoleum, and you can queue up to visit him with the Chinese people when the mausoleum is open. While we were there, it was only open for a few hours a day, starting at 8am, and it opens earlier still in the summer. The queues can be as long as two hours, but it only took about 20 minutes to walk through when we were there. As you go up the steps to enter the mausoleum, take a moment to look over your shoulder for a view of Tiananmen Square behind you. Visiting Mao was a surreal experience, and I would recommend going if you can. Security is tight: no cameras or bags are allowed inside, but there is a place you can leave them. No lighters are allowed either, so these are confiscated on entry. At the exit, there is a box full of previously confiscated lighters and the visitors rummage around in it to find one they'd like to take.

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Mao's Mausoleum
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Date (GMT):07/05/14 02:41
Original size:4272 x 2848 pixels
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