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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Beijing

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Famous and infamous in modern Chinese history, Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) stands as one of the most important political and cultural sites in Beijing. This vast square provided the setting for Mao Zedong's speech announcing the establishment of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Surrounding the square, you'll find significant structures like Mao's mausoleum, National Museum of China, Monument to the People's Heroes, and Great Hall of the People. Visit the square at dawn to see the ceremonial raising of the Chinese national flag. To visit Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) on your trip to Beijing, use our Beijing trip itinerary builder.
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  • The landmark is the symbol of the amazing city of Beijing. An extensive open space so wouldn't recommend going when the sun is just overhead  more »
  • I grew up watching developments in world politics and Chairman Meo and Tiananmen Square was a must visit for this trip. On TV the Square looked enormous and in real life that us the case. Separate bui...  more »
  • Visited the the square, very impressive buildings, lots of people. Quite a few guards, amazingly no internet access (LOL). Got our pictures taken in front of the Mao building. Our guide pointed out th...  more »
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  • It was not crowded at all when we were visiting this place because Beijing was hosting the so called "one-road" international conference. The air was relatively clear. But the security check was pretty intense.
  • High security. Be prepared to wait in queue to enter the square. Go for the flag raising or lowering ceremony at sunrise and sunset. However, be prepared to be chased out within 5 mins of sunset! Might be better to cycle on the main road in front of Tiananmen Square.
  • A great way to spend the afternoon in Beijing. Located near a traditional neighborhood with old style avenues full of restaurants. Located next to the Forbidden City. Many museums surround the plaza. There are lots of memorials to the war against Japan, which I liked because my father fought in the War. Crowds are large but you will never be jostled. Bring your camera
  • This place doesn't do justice to the lives lost here by pro-democracy students in 1989. On top of that, it's hot, crowded, and pointless. There's a tomb commemorating a mass murderering dictator at one end as well, so why would you bother?
  • It is a city square in the center of Beijing. Tiananmen can be read in English as 'Gate of Heavenly Peace'. If you are traveling by car, you can not stop your cab in midst of square, and get out. Hence it's better to catch a tourist bus or walk for best view.