Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa

Meiling, Chairman Mao Zedong
Meiling, Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa
The famous Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa in Wuhan is strategically located at the scenic bank of East Lake of Wuchang, which consists of Meiling Buildings One, Two and Three. It was once a retreat house for Chairman Mao and other privileged ruling members of the Politburo. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mao in a letter nicknamed it 'Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes' where he enjoyed the quiet ambiance and great relief it offered. The attractive scenery of tree-lined footpath, dense grove, flying songbirds, and Chairman Mao's favourite pines, bamboo trees and plums seen everywhere can undoubtedly, make one reluctant to leave.

Meiling was Mao's summer villa where he lived for a long time and often visited many times besides Zhongnanhai, Beijing. He came here once a year up to three times a year, at the most, and stayed for one month to as long as six months.

Meiling Building One in Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa

Meiling Building One is the most interesting structure since it was Chairman Mao's private residence where he ate, slept, wrote and conducted numerous daily national affairs. He gave audience to many celebrities and foreign friends, including President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger of the United States of America in 1972. Moreover, he wrote here the famous poem Swim that won universal praises. It has a bedroom, a sitting room, a reception room and a formal dining room. As the picture shows, the dining room is accentuated by a restful scenic painting of trees with dark gray foliage, soft rose colored flowers and a gentle orange sun, with its questionable mix of plum carpeting, red tablecloth and emerald green crushed velvet armchairs.

The same grey covered chair where the great leader sat is still there, but rather faded and frayed now. The chair and lamps are still in the same semi-circular position as they were 27 years ago.The bedroom was furnished with plain fifties furniture with a pink and white patterned chaise. Next to the large-sized bed hangs his blue and white striped king size bathrobe. There still remain the slippers of him and his wife, Jiang Qing.
Meeting Room of Meiling, Chairman Mao Zedong
Meeting Room, Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa
Chairman Mao Zedong
Office of Chairman Mao Zedong

Meiling Building Two in Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa

Meiling Building Two, the assembly hall, has a huge lobby cloaked in heavily worn curtains. The hall with its hundreds of red upholstered chairs facing the stage is cordoned off while the lobby is open to the public. On the balcony, there is a wicker chair placed in a certain position as was placed in the past, with a framed photograph hanging next to it. Visitors are permitted to sit on the chair and take photos of themselves as souvenirs.

Meiling Building Three in Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa

Meiling Building Three houses Mao's private indoor swimming pool. It is about 30-meter long and six lanes wide, the same as most competition-sized pools. It is lined with tiles with stainless steel ladders, and underwater lights. There are nine floor-to-ceiling tinted windows, which Mao could see through during his daily swims.

Meiling was open to the public in the early 1993, and has received numerous travellers, both local tourists and foreigners. It is now a very hot tourist spot where many could recall Chairman Mao's experiences of his late years and get glimpses of the great leader's historical and colourful life.

How to get to Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa

Take bus 14, 402, 411, 552, 578, 701, 709, or 810 to Donghulu Sheng Bowuguan.
Wuhan Bus / Metro Search
Entrance Fee CNY 20
- Last updated on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Chairman Mao Zedong\s Villa
Asked by Lukas from SWITZERLAND | Mar. 29, 2019 03:15Reply
Not open for visit Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa
It seems currently not open to public. Anyone knows when / how it can be visited?
Answers (1)
Answered by Madelyn from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 09, 2019 02:33

Sorry, I didn't find any information about the construction. As I know, this place opens for tourists nowadays.
Asked by Marie from NORWAY | Jul. 02, 2015 02:55Reply
Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa Under construction?
Hello, my friend and I (we live in Wuhan) went to try and see this villa today but when we got there the road had a gate in front of it and we could not get in. There were no people there. Another friend of mine told me she had gone to see it in March but it was under construction so they could not see it.

Do you know if it is still under construction this summer or if it will open? Any information on this matter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bobi from FINLAND | Jul. 02, 2015 04:24

Hi, it is open now. You can go there this summer. :-)
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