Monument of the People's Heroes, Beijing

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The Monument to the People's Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People's Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The monument was built in accordance with a resolution of the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference adopted on November 30, 1949, with construction lasting from August 1952 to May 1958. The architect of the monument was Liang Sicheng, with some elements designed by his wife, Lin Huiyin. The civil engineer, Chen Zhide (陈志德) was also instrumental in realising the final product.The monument has also served as the centre of large-scale mourning activities that later developed into protest and unrest, such as the deaths of Premier Zhou Enlai (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1976) and Hu Yaobang (which developed into the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989).DescriptionThe monument has an estimated height of and covers an area of. It weighs over 10000t and contains about 17,000 pieces of marble and granite from Qingdao, Shandong Province, and the nearby Fangshan District.
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  • Monument of the People's Heroes is big statue of people that were heroes for the Chinese . The statue is very impressive.  more »
  • If you want to go anywhere near Tiananmen Square, be sure to visit, and is located in front of Mao and is worth a visit
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  • A 38m high monument in the middle of Tiananmen Square to record events from the first Opium War in 1839 through to the Chinese Civil War of 1949  more »
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  • I heard the tv screens here are to remind people what the sun looks like.
  • Monumentally massive obelisk - good photo opportunity. :)
  • It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. I think it's not a good idea to get very close to the obelisk. Because guards might consider you as an offender. It's a huge statue, enjoy form a little distance!
  • The centerpiece of the square, this large obilisk can Elbe seen from almost anywhere in the square. When I was there there was a demonstration with elementary students standing in unison as cards of this monument. It was very touching and sweet.
  • Located at the heart of the square is the tribute to people's heroes. You need to take the underground crossing to get across as there are no ground level pedestrian crossings in the area.
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