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Tian'anmen Square is good for
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Why Tian'anmen Square is special ?
Tiananmen Square is the geographical center of Beijing City. It is the largest city square in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 square meters (about 109 acres), and able to accommodate 1,000,000 people at one time. The square is a conglomeration of splendid and beautiful flowers and the red national flag which flutters in the wind. The raising of the national flag is something which should not be missed by visitors to Tiananmen Square.
With the towering Monument to the People's Heroes at the center, Tiananmen Square has the magnificent Tiananmen Tower in the north, the solemn Mao Zedong Memorial Hall in the south, the National Museum of China in the east and the Great Hall of the People in the west. Surrounded by these lofty buildings, the Square looks most splendid and majestic and attracts many tourists every day.
What to explore at Tian'anmen Square?
At the north end of the Square is Tiananmen Tower. Initially built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D.- 1644 A.D.), the Square was the front door of the Forbidden City.
The most important use of it in the past was to declare in a big ceremony to the common people who became the emperor and who became the empress. Until 1911 when the last feudal kingdom was over, no one could enter the Tower except for the royal family and aristocrats.
Monument to People's Heroes
Monument to the People
People's HeroesThe granite Monument to the People's Heroes is just at the center of the square. Built in 1952, it is the largest monument in China's history. ' The People's Heroes are Immortal' written by Chairman Mao is engraved on the monument. Eight unusually large relief sculptures show to the people the development of Chinese modern history. Two rows of white marble railings enclose the monument, simple and beautiful.
Great Hall of the People
West of the Square is the Great Hall of the People. This building, erected in 1959, is the site of the China National People's Congress meetings and provides an impressive site for other political and diplomatic activities.Twelve marble posts are infront of the Hall which has three parts--the Central Hall, the Great Auditorium and a Banqueting Hall.The floor of the Central Hall is paved with marble and crystal lamps hang from the ceiling. The Great Auditorium behind the Central Hall seats 10,000. The Banqueting Hall is a huge hall with 5,000 seats.
Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao
Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao is at the south side of the Square. This Hall is divided into three halls and our dear Chairman Mao's body lies in a crystal coffin in one of the halls surrounded by fresh bouquets of various famous flowers and grasses.
National Museum of China
National Museum of ChinaAnother important place for the tourist to visit is the China National Museum at the east side of the Square. It just came into existence in 2003 and is a combination of Chinese History Museum and Chinese Revolutionary Museum. This National Museum faces the Great Hall of the People. Inside the Chinese Revolutionary Museum are a lot of material objects, pictures, books and models to present the development of modern China. The Chinese History Museum shows a large number of cultural relics illustrating the long history and glorious culture of China from 1,700,000 years ago to 1921 when the last emperor left the throne.
Five Star Red Flag-the Chinese national flag, flies high in the sky above the Square. To see the guard of honor raise the Flag is a must for the tourist visiting Beijing City. You have to get up very early and arrive at the Square before sunrise. Only by doing so can you see the ceremony clearly as there are crowds of people attending the ceremony every day. The reviewing stands flanking Tiananmen Tower on the west and east sides were opened up free on the first day of 2012 to the public to watch the flag rising ceremony. It is now available to group reservations for the opening day on the first day of each month.
How to get to Tian'anmen Square?
Subway: Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen Dong or Tiananmen Xi Station.
Subway Line 2: get off at Qianmen Station. Get out from Exit A or B and walk north.
Bus Route: Take bus 1, 5, 10, 22, 37, 52, 205, 728 or 802 and get off at Tiananmen Xi.
Take bus 1, 2, 10, 20, 37, 52, 59, 82, 120, 126, 203, 205, 210, 728 or 802 and get off at Tiananmen Dong.
Take bus 2, 5, 8, 20, 22, 120, 126, 203, or 210 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Dong (Tiananmen Square East).
Take bus 2, 5, 20, 120, 126 or 210 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Xi (Tiananmen Square West).
- The fourth largest city square in the world
- Wonderful historical Square in this magic city
- The million people square for public gatherings.
- National flag raising ceremony every morning
- Royal palace of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
West Changan Street, Beijing 100006, China
Tips for you
Need I say more? If you can get here early enough before the sun rises, you can witness the flag-raising ceremony
My wife and I visited Tiananmen Square with a guide. Unfortunately it was a cold and very windy day. The size of the square is impressive with all the surrounding government buildings, the resting place of Mao Tse Tong and The Forbidden City across the road. The history is very interesting but even more interesting is the fact no one appears to know where on the square the famous scene between the tank and the protester took place in 1989?
Tiananmen Square is basically a large square with some monuments and government buildings surrounding it. There's not much to see but if your in Beijing it's a must go. It's the largest square in the world and you get a great view of The forbidden city.
Another must do...understandably security is heightened and x-rays machines and armed personnel are present. Surrounding the building with the famous Chairman Mao portrait (Gate of Heavenly Peace) are huge communist style government/ministry buildings. Once through the gates of (no charge) you have various optional galleries and museums that lead you up to the Forbidden City. We diverted out of the forbidden city and walked out via the domineering walls. We took a trishaw bike ride to back the north side of Tiananmen - which is ideal via the hutong alleyways. The driver was a bit dodgy, initially agreeing on 30 yuan prior to the journey at the end he insisted on 30 US$. Needless to say, he took the 30 yuan after a heated non sensical discussion...take it or leave it buddy!
Before the Forbidden City, you'll most likely pass by this first. The best time to see this massive square is during sunrise or sunset, where troops raise/lower the flag. Entering the Square is free.