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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. 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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  • We hired private guide to take us to the Gate of Heavenly and it was a unique experience. The culture and history of the place is impressive and the facilities are well maintained and in good conditio...  more »
  • Tv goes to Beijing as a familiar place through naturally see. Special, but I've seen while visiting Tiananmen Square.
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  • This is almost like a movie set - large, colorful, huge portrait of Chairman Mao, security lines and lots of uniformed police and military. It is clearly a major site for the mostly Chinese visiting f...  more »
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  • The Gate of Heavenly Peace: Ordained from Above The Gate of Heavenly Peace represents modern China. It is part of the emblem of the People's Republic of China. The Gate of Heavenly Peace functioned as the gatehouse of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. History tells of this name being derived from is derived from a mandate to build the gate as a mandate from heaven to stabilized the dynasty. Of course this is related to wars and feuds that were often common during imperial China. Made up of a platform and a tower, the tower sits on the platform with five arch gateways. The center archway was the precise passage for Ming and Qing emperors. The side ones is lesser in size and was the passages for ministers and officials and minor servants. Above the archway you would see the large portrait of Mao Zedong. On the east and west sides there are two giant placards, the left one reading: "Long Live the People's Republic of China." The one on the right reads, "Long Live the Great Unity of the World's Peoples." I tell you that in front of the Tiananmen Tower are a golden water bridge with fine carvings, quite nice to see! Outside the gate there are two lions guarding the bridges. A cultural insight: in Chinese lions are believed to protect human beings from evil spirits. Make sure to walk towards the south of Tiananmen, to number 1 Street of Beijing, Chang'an Street. There is a tower sitting on a platform. You could not miss it. Constructed during the reign of Yongle in 1420, a Ming emperor, the tower has been rebuilt several times. The gate was given its present name when a massive remodeling lasting for six years completed under the reign of Emperor Shunzhi, a king of the Qing Dynasty. Another cultural insight: the Chinese name of the gate, Tiananmen represents three Chinese characters "heaven, peace, and gate." The common translation is the present form "The Gate of Heavenly Peace.” There is a cost of approximate three dollars to the attraction. Be aware, you are not allowed bags inside the tower but they do have a storage service. I leave you with a provocative thought. When you visit another nation, do you learn a little about the place you are visiting? I do. And because of that I am able to share even with the locals. They like it and we all become one peaceful family, even if it is just for a short time! Let Peace lead! Adios.
  • It is a large square. Often the inspection of documents at the entrance. This has led to long queues .
  • It is a quite impressive to see this famous site for the first time in person. Made me think a lot.
  • It looks amazing even though you're only driving past it
  • Tiananmen Square Beijing China.March/2009 We had never been to China.The experience was interesting and touring around I knew that it wasn't Canada. Plain cloth security was evident and some took a noticeable interest in us,other than my dress cloths were perhaps better or nicer. I would go back as so much to see its hard to take in a lot with two hours,I was bound to miss something.