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The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, commonly known as the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, is the final resting place of Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China from 1943 and the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1945 until his death in 1976.


1 WEEK AFTER PEOPLE - Around the world, mankind's leaders remain embalmed and entombed. For one great communist leader, the recipe for immortality was a botched job. Few dared to oppose Chinese premier Mao Zedong. Whose policies and executive orders are believed to have killed up to 70 million people. On September 9, 1976, he died at the age of 82. Despite Mao's last wishes calling for his body to be cremated, officials debated over what to do with his corpse. In the 1970's, embalming was rare in China. So the scientists charged with preserving Mao's corpse for austerity had to first do some research. The mistake caused bloating and extensive skin damage. But somehow, they were still able to create a presentable corpse that could be viewed for decades in a court sarcophagus in Tiananmen Square. Will the secret of Mao's body finally be revealed in a life after people?

Initially, Mao's body lay in state for a couple of weeks before they started to preserve it. One of the things that the scientists read was that if you embalm the body with a large amount of formaldehyde solution, it would preserve the body indefinitely, or so they thought, specifically, 16 liters of fluid into the system. They went a little further and infused 22 liters of fluid into the system, which was a complete disaster. They bring the body up from the basement every day for a few hours, no more than four hours. Sometimes, they don't bring the body up at all. - Dr. Howard Oliver

30 years after people: Mao Zedong remains surprisingly intact in his court sarcophagus. With none of the environmental control systems operational, Mao's body should have long ago decomposed. But some believe the body isn't Mao at all and if this is the case, the body on display in Beijing is destined to crack and warp, rather than decay.