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Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), Beijing

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Architectural Building Historic Site
Looming over the city's most famous square, Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men) stands as a globally known symbol of China. Originally built in the 1400s, the gate long served as one of the Forbidden City's entrances. Adorned with the portrait of Mao Zedong, the massive structure features classical curving rooftops representative of traditional Chinese architecture. Inside, marvel at the huge beams and intricate decorations that include immense wood pillars and ornate lamps. Climb up to the top of the gate to enjoy a sweeping panorama of the square. Using our international travel planner, Beijing attractions like Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Is in Beijing for the first time came in the first place. Found here near the Mao is a familiar sight, but with pictures, not was.
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  • we were there in October which was not to bad, because during daytime it still was pretty warm, but not to hot. Remember to bring your passport if u want to enter. History: "The Tiananmen is a monumen...  more »
  • You feel overwhelmed in such an immense space built by people and usually full of people. This is symbolic centre of China. There was a time where you could ride a bicycle around this square. Not anym...  more »
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  • One of the recommended places to go to in Beijing. When the sun sets, the light turns on and the view is amazing. It faces Tiananmen square and is better at night than day. There are some stands at the side that are mainly used by officials during events such as parades. Only issue is that it is crowded.
  • I enjoyed learning from our guide, Rico, that Tiananmen Square actually takes its name from this gate, as Tiananmen translates to Gate of Heavenly Peace. The gate is impressive, and I particularly liked the totem pole-like carvings outside it.
  • It is huge and a famous monument in Beijing. A must stopover for tourists visiting the forbidden city. Quite crowded during public holidays. Worth spending sometime here to explore the whole vast area.
  • One of the most recognisable landmarks in China and the scale of it is impressive in person. The giant portrait of Mao ZeDong doesnt look huge in pictures or on TV, but you will be impressed by the enormity of it in person! One can walk under the portrait into the Forbidden Palace, which is a must-see in Beijing. There is a strict security screening process to get into the square.
  • A must see when you visit Beijing! The square is the perfect place to get watched, and to watch everything around you.

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