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Tiananmen SquareChairman MaoZedong, the founder of the Peoples Republic of China, passed away on September 9, 1976. In commemoration of this great man, a mausoleum began to be constructed in November 1976, and was completed in August the following year. The Mausoleum was officially opened on September 9,1977.

Architecture:
The Mausoleum is surrounded by four groups of sculpture.

  • East of the northern entrance is the sculpture depicting the period of the New Democratic Revolution (19191949).
  • The west one signify the great achievements of the Chinese people during the period of socialist revolution and construction since 1949.
  • The sculptures in front of the southern gate are figures of workers, peasants, soldiers, intellectuals, technicians and children.

Inside the Mausoleum are three main sections:

  • A white marble statue of Chairman Mao is mounted on a platform in the front lobby. On the wall behind the statue is 24-metre-long (79-foot-long) tapestry fine needlepoint work with beautiful landscapes of the country.
  • In the main hall there is a crystal coffin, in which Chairman Maos body lies stately with the communist Party's flag covering over him. On the wall of the southern lobby, a poem by Chairman Mao and in his own calligraphy is inscribed in gold inlay. It expresses his full great expectations for the country.

 

 

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