Tiananmen Square, Beijing

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    Biggest Square In The World

    by HispanicYob Written Mar 27, 2010

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    One of the biggest gathering places and the biggest public square in the world. Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing and the Communist influence is strong here. From the guards in their long olive green peacoats wandering around to the building with Chairman Mao's picture. If you pay a visit at night, be wary since they might kick you out after a certain time. I think it was after 6 PM when we were whisked out of there by the guards. A ceremony had just taken place and me and another friend were walking around taking snapshots when they told us to go to the exit located to the northeast of the square. Don't mess around with those guards and do what they say. A Chinese jail isn't the best place to spend your holiday I'm sure. I enjoyed my brief visit here and wish I could've stayed here longer. It's awesome in the early evening. If you come in March like I did, bundle up because it's COLD!!!!!!!

    My favorite shot I got of the square One of my favorite shots I got of the square Me at the Monument to the People's Heroes
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    This is it hummmmm

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 26, 2010

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    Well, I must say standing in Tianammen Square makes you feel tiny, it's the biggest square in the world ..... There's nothing much to see besides buildings, and near the entrance of the Forbidden City, the Chinese national flag with the troops at attention surrounding it. Be aware this is where you'll get the "hello do you speak english, or we're college students and we have an art exhibition lines" and everyone trying to sell you a kite of some kind, just ignore them and walk around and enjoy your in China.

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    Tian An Men Square

    by nepalgoods Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    This place of "Heavenly Peace" is named after the big gate on the north of the square. The Gate of Heavenly Peace is the one, where Mao Ze Dong proclaimed the Communist Republic of China 1949.

    Tian An Men Square is said to be the biggest square in the whole world. There has been a big square in this location since 1417. But only in 1952 it became as big as you can see it today: 440.000 square metres!

    Around the square you find the Chinese Parliament - Peoples Congress, History Museum of China and in the south the beautiful Qianmen-Gate, an old city gate from the Qing-Dynasty. In the middle is the mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong, where you can see himself lying in a sarkophagus of glas. Opposite of the famous Gate of Heavenly Peace (the one with the Mao Portrait) there is the Monument to the People's Heroes, where you can watch the raising of the national flag every day.

    Tiananmen Square is a great place to watch tourists from all over China and the world.

    Tian An Men Gate of Heavenly Peace Qianmen Gate
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    the largest square in the world

    by marielexoteria Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    Tiananmen Square is part of China's and Beijing's past and present. It has been a silent witness to protests, a massacre and the birth of today's People's Republic of China and in present day, it's the silent witness to China's national day on October 1, kite flying and the occasional jumper =)

    The Square as we know it today was renovated in the late 90's, but the site itself was designed and built in the 17th century (although Tiananmen Gate was built in the 15th century).

    We visited the Square in late October and there was a big flat screen showing images of China's 60th anniversary.

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    Tiananmen Square

    by lindyz Written Oct 1, 2009

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    This was one of our first ports of call in Beijing, and, it was a bit of a let down actually. I mean, to me it was just a HUGE open space with a few buildings, all of which were closed on the day we were there. Honestly, we probably spent about an hour here tops, probably actually about half an hour.

    What I did find quite fascinating about this place was the many young army men, just standing to attention the whole time, not moving a muscle. I guess they were there for security and protection, but I really have to wonder that their job must be very uninteresting and boring. I did ask one of them if I could take his photo, and I think he actually smiled!

    Another odd occurrence started here at Tiananmen Square ... we had so many randoms wanting to have their picture taken with us, it was weird! They were always women, they would hand us their camera and we would think they wanted us to take a photo of their group, but in fact they wanted their photo taken with US!!! Dont really know why, maybe they dont see "white" foreigners very often, or maybe they just thought we were special, celebrity status!!!

    I think he almost cracked a smile! Failed jumping pic Guard standing very still Random wanting pic with me Looking from T. Square to Forbidden City entrance

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    Political Heart of the Nation

    by leigh767 Written Sep 28, 2009

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    I'm personally not a big fan of Tiananmen Square since you don't get to see a slice of life here in Beijing; instead, you're just inundated with sights of other tourists and more guards than you can shake a stick at. All the same, this is the political heart of China where the most important things have happened and will happen in the future so it's a must-see.

    Photo: a guard standing right in front of Mao Zedong's portrait. A contrast of a country's leader from the past and a youngster from today.

    Guard and Mao Ubiquitous Beijing symbol

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    Tian'anmen Square

    by echowangxian Written Aug 21, 2009

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    Tiananmen Square is located at the center of Beijing City, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. Thousands of people come to the Square every day. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.
    At the north end of the Square is Tiananmen Tower. The granite Monument to the People's Heroes is just at the center of the Tiananmen Square.West of the Square is the Great Hall of the People.Mao Zedong Memorial Hall is at the south side of the Square. Another important place for the tourist to visit is the China National Museum at the east side of the Square.

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    Tiananmen

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Contrary to popular belief, this gate, meaning Gate of Heavenly Peace, is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City. However, the Meridian Gate is the first entrance to the Forbidden City proper, while Tiananmen was the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. The gate was originally named Chengtianmen or "Gate of Accepting Heavenly Mandate", and it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The original building was first constructed in 1420 as an exact replica of a gate in the form of a paifang of the imperial building in Nanjing with the same name. However, it was destroyed by lightning in 1457 and was rebuilt in 1465 before being destroyed again in the war which ended the Ming dynasty in 1644. It was then rebuilt again and given its present name in 1651. The famous portrait of Mao was put up when the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 but it's by no means the original one as many have been put up due to them being vandalised. The placard on the left of Mao reads "Long Live the People's Republic of China", while the right one reads "Long Live the Great Unity of the World's Peoples".

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    The very centre of it all

    by Willettsworld Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    Tiananmen Square is one of the world's most famous, maybe for all the wrong reasons following the protests and subsequent riots that happened here in 1989. It is the world's largest open-urban square covering an area of 40.5 hectares (100 acres) and is named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square was originally designed in 1651 and was enlarged to its present size in the 1950s. The square lies between two ancient, massive gates: the Tian'anmen to the north and the Zhengyangmen, better known as Qianmen (Front Gate) to the south. Along the west side of the Square is the Great Hall of the People and along the east side is the National Museum of China. Its flatness is broken only by the 38-metre (125 ft) high Monument to the People's Heroes completed in 1958, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong completed in 1977.

    You can play a game here. It's called "spot the secret policemen". They'll be guys walking around with umbrellas and ear-pieces who monitor people's actions and movements on the square, just in case any trouble breaks out. As well as them, there are dozens of uniformed police and army soldiers. Don't worry about all of this and just act like a normal tourist like you would do anywhere else in the world.

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    A huge square

    by stevemt Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Just being here was a strange feeling as those who can remember seeing the tv footage 20 years ago will understand. The square itself is unremarkable, huge, and for me eerie. I kept imagining a student carrying a supermarket bag.

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    Wear a RED SHIRT when in Tiananmen Square!

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 31, 2009

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    I still remember the images of years ago when demonstrators and tanks were in confrontation at the Tiananmen Square (1989)…I did not think then that I would visit the same Square years later, wearing a red shirt in a sunny April morning…

    Tiananmen, translated in Chinese, as the Gate of Heavenly Peace is ironically the site of the brutal repression of massive demonstration for democratic reform on June 3-4, 1989. It did serve as a suburban residence for emperors, a place in the countryside yet near the capital.

    This is considered the largest public square in the world and is located at the center of Beijing. Tiananmen Square is composed of Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

    When I visited, there was some sort of Chinese Holiday and it was nice seeing the throngs of citizens enjoying this humongous complex. I was also wearing RED to go with walls and the Chinese flag, and also for good luck

    Wearing Red in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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    Tian an men, the symbol of China

    by enzhu Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    In the very center of Beijing, it's also South entrance of the Forbidden City.
    It's also the place where Chairman Mao Ze Dong declared found of the People's Republic of China in Oct. 1st, 1949.
    So it's not only symbol of Beijing, but also symbol of China.

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    The Largest Square

    by bojomacaraig Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The heroic fight of thousands of young men and women has played a crucial role in the events that ultimately led to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union.
    The fight for Freedom and Democracy became unstoppable after June 1989.
    The blood shed in Tiananmen Square has come to symbolize the triumph of the spirit over brute force.
    Deng Xiaoping, Li Peng and the other butchers of Tiananmen failed to realize that the main casualty of the massacre has been the communist system, which was forever rejected by humankind everywhere...
    We are much closer now than ever before to accomplishing our goal of a Free and Democratic China...

    Mao Museleom in Tiananmen Square
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    Tiananmen Square - Potted Plants Decoration

    by SLLiew Written Sep 21, 2008

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    Every summer, Tiananmen which is pavement square is decorated with pots of colorful flowers and plants with different themes.

    This year 2008 is the Olympics theme. My favorite is the Beijing Olympics slogan "One World One Dream".

    There are other garden themes of Chinese depictions of bountiful, luck, wealth and even a bridge.

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    Tiananmen Square

    by SLLiew Written Sep 20, 2008

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    It is one of the largest squares in the world and occupies an important historical and political area in the Chinese psyche.

    Hence it has been a popular place to unfurl unauthorized protest. So while there are many tourists day and night taking photos and local Beijingers just enjoying the square, be aware of the concerns of security and sensitivity while visiting.

    Located in the heart of historic Beijing, it is not to be missed. There are several pedestrian road crossings and tunner crossings to get to the square. During the Olympic Games, everyone has to go through a security check before being allowed into the square.

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