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Daily Digital – Revolutionary Struggles of Mao’s People

Mao's Mausoleum, Sculpture outside Mao's Mausoleum, Tiananment square sculpture

 

At Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a mausoleum was built for the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao. Outside of this Mausoleum are four groups of sculptures. One depicts people during the socialist revolution and construction, the other of the period of the New Democratic Revolution and the last two are of workers, peasants, soldiers, children and intellectuals. While we did not get a chance to go into the mausoleum (as it was a Monday and the building was closed to the public) we were able to walk around Tiananmen Square and view these sculptures outside Mao’s mausoleum with a relative lack of crowds and a quick entry through security, including an id check and an x-ray scan of our bags. The feeling we got here was a little different from the feelings we describe during the rest of our travels in Beijing. The square and the buildings were large, significant and incredibly revered by the people of China. Walking into the square after such extensive security measures and military presence and seeing the size of the square, the buildings, the mausoleum and the monuments, gave us goosebumps and we had to pause for a moment to take it all in.

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