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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) by using our Beijing trip planner .
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  • This is the main square at the center of Beijing. Surrounded by the parliament, the national museum , the mausoleum of Mao and the gate to the forbidden-city. Very famous for the 1989 event when the a...  more »
  • Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) is huge. It is actually the largest square in the world. Take your time and walk in the square just to feel the size and remember the history of this place.  more »
  • This is a massive square which is a symbol of communist China. Its usually crowded, and you have to go thru security to enter the square. Foreign tourists might be asked to show their passports at the...  more »
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  • Tiananmen Square is such a huge expanse of space visited by countless local and foreign tourists each day. Access to the area requires each one to present an identification card and subject bags to x-ray machines deployed in controlled strategic entry points. Every structure seems constructed with the idea of accommodating millions of people. In case you will visit this place, be ready with your camera, hat during summer, water, and prepare to walk, walk, and walk. It's feels nice to be in a place with deep Chinese history and political life.
  • The square is massive. The lighting fixtures as dated as they are entirely echo from the early 50s. Cool to see, but if its summer bring cold drinks and some shade. Also check out the museum across the street. Amazing artworks and exciting exhibitions.
  • I am from San Francisco. I 100% understand how meaningful and significant Tiananmen Square is but... if you can’t read Mandarin then it is hard to go there. It is basically just a gated area to someone who doesn’t know about it. The walk is very nice exiting it though.
  • Pictures one sees does not give you a true sense of the sweeping size of this historic place and it's surrounding monuments. The tourist crowd size can be a challenge and so too can the heat of summer, so late spring and early visiting hours are best if possible. A knowledgeable site tour guide is recommended for the historic narrative and monument descriptions.
  • Fun too see, but there's not much to do unless you're going to the mausoleum. In which case beware of the opening hours, it closes early. But other than that, it's really just a very big, and pretty impressive plaza. Do visit, but don't expect to spend too much time here.
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