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In the center of Tiananmen Square is the Monument to the People's Heroes, erected in 1958. The building in the background is the Mao Zedong Mausoleum, which opened in 1977. Five million visitors a year come to view Mao's preserved remains. By midmorning, the line of visitors stretches out for a few hundred yards, but it continuously moves along at a very slow, strolling pace.