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

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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Beijing holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We went and we walked. The Palace houses of various Imperial and State functions, and worship. Much longer and bigger than you can imagine. Most interesting, to me, was the residential area with park o smaller house construction in the northern part of the Palace area, for members of the family: children, wives and servants.
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  • Even if you have a very important location in the access to the forbidden city, this museum is paid separately. Access is by a long staircase and only top there are some furnished rooms to diplomatic receptions. The most interesting are the views over the plaza Tian Nam Men, but it is a pity that you can not see from above into the forbidden city.
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  • Never seen such an armonic and opulent buildings. This City was a really poem. I highly recommend TO visit IT from the Charcoal Hill To have the possibility To watch at his plan and roofs  more »
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  • One of China's most popular icon. Extravagant building. An entrance gate to Forbidden City. The Area is so huge. Famous for its red gate with Chairman Mao's Photo at the center. Definitely one of the most visited place in Beijing, otherwise you will miss a lot :)
  • Famed and iconic symbol of China, with its monolithic portrait of Mao adorning its front wall overlooking Tiananmen Square, and the entrance way to the ancient Imperial City, this is truly a symbol of the junction between China's ancient and rich history and culture, and its modern city as the economic Tiger of the world.
  • Great view and one of entrance to forbidden palace, it has a picture of Mao Zedong in front of it, and also across to the Tiananmen Square, usually you need to pass the security check before enter the area. Better go in on exit B Tiananmen East Subway that exit on the side of tiananmen square than in exit A, because you get a very long queque on that side because mainly tourist want to take picture on the gate with Mao's Photo.
  • A wide space the is in the center of the Forbidden city, the National Museum and the mausoleum of ex Chairman Mau. Historic point where students were killed in 1989 during protests. It's a good place to just enjoy the free space and "take it all in". Not much to do besides that. Expect lengthy and zig-zag walk around security points to get to points in this area. It will eat up a lot of walking time.
  • 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.

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