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Sunday, January 26, 2014

MAO ZEDONG MAUSOLEUM - THE CHINESE GOD IN TIENANMEN SQUARE - CHINA EXPLORATION PROJECT

The Mao Zedong Mausoleum in Tienanmen Square is one of the most famous monuments in Beijing.

Mao Zedong Mausoleum is like a coin with its two faces.

A long queue for a short visit.

A huge building for little to see.

Thousands of people for one person only.

the shrine of the anti-religion man in China has been built for the Chinese human-god.

Mao Zedong peacefully sleeps in the centre of an empty room, under a glass screen.

Comrade Mao looks somehow miserable, dressed in his green uniform, the Chinese flag for blanket.

The Chinese security doesn't give you enough time to properly look at the great statesman.

Chairman Mao looks much more dignified in the large anti camera where he is sculptured in the white stone, seated like a king on his throne, staring deeply over Tiananmen square with the same divine expression Buddha is normally represented.

And as a deity is venerated by many.

Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the Statue of the Chinese Revolution in Tienanmen Square, Beijing.

Thousand of Chinese, most of them in their fifties or older, modestly dressed, come everyday from the far countryside to venerate the man that is still their hero and their god today.

They look poor and they are not particularly well mannered: pushing the fellow visitors racing in an unreal race to be the first to see chairman Mao body mummified in the glass coffin.

Most of this people have a beautiful white flower wrapped in cellophane, bought at the official stalls just at the entrance of the mausoleum.

Mountains of flowers surround the body of chairman Mao in the mausoleum.

Chairman Mao at the end of the day is still be a god, worshipped today by a generation that looks increasingly old and distant from the young Chinese walking in the trendy quarter of Nauloguxian in Beijing, eating at Mac Donald or drinking a western milkshake with pleasure oblivious of their past.

(Note that there are not photos take inside the  Mausoleum in this post as it is strictly forbidden to take photos inside Chairman Mao Mausoleum).




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