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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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  • Apart from the squares place in history and the more recent student uprising and massacre, it has little to offer. Cold flat surface, the surroundings devoid of warmth. Think of it as your entry point...  more »
  • It gets packed during the day, so try to go early in the morning. It is much bigger than we originally thought. It looks quite similar to the pictures, but definitely worth a visit! 
  • The square was smaller than I expected. There were still guards there and they took everything very seriously. You were not supposed to take pictures. It is a must see for Chinese history. 
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  • Amazing place to visit. A true symbol of eastern communism! Great place to visit if you like photography or history
  • Tian’an Square: The Square of the Gate of the Heavenly Place! That is what it means and yes it is a gate to so many places and events. Keep an open mind as you walk the square. It is at the most center a gravesite to Chairman Mao, to structures dating to the 1950’s, there are also places that speak of the a new world. It is also a place where locals and tourist met. The square is composed of many buildings: • The Great Hall of the People • Qian Men • Mao’s Mausoleum • Tian’an Men • The China National Museum • The Monument to the People Heroes. If you do not have enough time, I recommend you visit the Mao’s Mausoleum, Qian Men, and Tian’an Men. However, every structure has something to offer. For example, Qian Men is a museum of the history of Beijing; The Great Hall is where legislatures congregate; Tian’an Mes is a gate from the Ming Dynasty and this is where Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949; the Mao’s mausoleum contains the embalmed body of the Chairman and guess what? You can see his casket in the morning, if you like that kind of stuff. So whatever your taste might be, you would find at the Square. It is free and it makes for a good day of exploration! Now if you decide to explore the sites mentioned above individually, you would have to pay small entrances fees. You can do this on your own or simply take a tour, some which includes the fees to explore the interior of the sites. In fact, you can book some before you go or at the hotel where you stay. Other than that there is plenty to see and to take photographs. Around the square too there are small restaurants and shops. As always please use discretion and practice safety!
  • Huge square! If you visit in Forbidden Palace, this is other side of the street and easy to access. On square there are nothing special to see if you don't count that huge empty area. On other side the square there is Mao mausoleum and the Gate.
  • Vast square in Beijing symbol using the Mao' communism. It is just a plain platform with a wall and Forbidden city is on the other side. Tourist hang around here and pose for pictures and who can forget the historic picture of a honest standing in front of the armoires tank in 1979 if I remember correctly.Beijing tourists must visit this place. We visited in 2010
  • This square, situated in Beijing, is the largest public square in the world. The square also known as the 'Gate of Heavenly peace' was one of the four gates in the walls built around the Imperial palace, where the aristocrats and high official once lived. Since its creation in the Qing Dynasty, this square has been the site of several important events in Chinese history.