- This massive mausoleum and memorial hall was built right in the center of Tiananmen Square—the center of Beijing and metaphorically of the whole of China; shortly after Mao's death in 1976. For nearly thirty years he was the center of the Chinese universe, and however the future judges him he is certainly still revered today. The queues that file into the building and pass his glass sarcophagus are long but fast moving, and visitors often get the feeling they are being whisked away before they can get a good look at the mummified corpse. Admission is free.
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