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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Beijing

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#5 of 185 in Historic Sites in 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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  • Nothing to write home about, crowded and touts trying to get you to have your picture taken at a cost. The square is the hime of Chairman Mao memorial;l hall. Closed on Monday and only open in the mor...  more »
  • With 440,000 square meters the biggest square in the world. Do not return to your hotel before you saw the national flag raising ceremony!  more »
  • It's definitely a must, but if you're going in summer prepare to walk under the sun. Try to get there as early as you can, and enjoy the area. Bring sunblock, umbrella (umbrellas, water, snacks are so...  more »
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  • Nice sight. Sometimes it reminded me the red square in Moscow. It's really hot in summer though, I suggest you to bring umbrella with you.
  • The place is awesome, the care into details, gardens, organization, all double checked. Be aware with the cameras... there is always eyes on you
  • 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

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