Mao's Villa

Mao's Villa
Just around the corner from the museum is another monument to a vanished past. Mao's villa is where the great Helmsman regularly came to escape the intrigues circulating in Beijing and ponder his next move. This is an excellent place to come and stroll in the shelter of the trees.

The villa itself is more like a two-star budget hotel from the 1950s, with weary remnants from Mao's life scattered around. Some of the attendants speak a litter English, and they will guide you to Mao's wicker chair, his bedroom, and the welcoming area for foreign dignitaries. Also at hand is the bedroom of Jiang Qing (Mao's fourth wife and Gang of Four member), the chairman's swimming pool, and his bathrobe. Little evidence of his personality remains, but the place is haunted with a sense of the folly of the period. The architecture is truly joyless, but symbolic of the era-monolithic poured concrete, Spartan and Soviet.