China | Government wants WH status for collection of Beijing historic sites, including Mao’s tomb
It’s morning in Tiananmen Square, and beneath gray smoggy skies, busloads of tourists from all over China wait (somewhat) patiently for their chance to see the desiccated corpse of Chairman Mao. The age of those waiting skews a bit older, and many of the folks in line say that this is their first trip to Beijing.
According to Chinese State media, over 200 million people have visited the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall since it first opened in 1977. The lines out front — which grow even longer during holiday weeks and around important dates such as the anniversary of Mao’s death in late September and Mao’s birthday on December 26 — suggest that Mao remains a powerful draw even in the era of Xi Jinping.