A workers’ statue outside the mausoleum of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Picture: SCMP

If Chairman Mao’s wish was to be cremated, why was he embalmed instead?

South China Morning Post archives reveal that Mao’s mausoleum, in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, was built at lightning speed with the help of more than 50,000 workers and was inaugurated on September 9, 1977, the first anniversary of his death

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A workers’ statue outside the mausoleum of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Picture: SCMP
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