Tiananmen Square, Beijing

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    Tian'an Men Square

    by K.Knight Updated Sep 12, 2008

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    At the very heart of Beijing is the "peoples square," better known as Tian'an Men Square.
    This area is truly massive and houses such attractions as:
    Mao's Mausoleum - Where chairman Mao's body lies in state.
    The Arrow Tower, part of the old city walls
    Zhengyang Men tower - which now houses the history of Beijing museum
    The Great hall of the people
    The monument to the peoples heroes
    The China National Museum

    Zhengyang Men tower Standing to attention in 34 degrees C Cleaning the entire square with a toothbrush!!!!
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    Tiananmen Square

    by kentishgirl Updated Jul 2, 2008


    The central area of Beijing and a world landmark; Tiananmen Square does not dissapoint. To one side there is the Forbidden City, the rest of the square boasts seating areas, statues and monuments and museums surrounding it.

    It was very busy when we were in Beijing; the square is so huge there's always space for everyone.

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    Sightseeing and security

    by CliffClaven Written Jun 16, 2008

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    Old Cliffie spent several days in Washington DC and never saw the White House. He wasn't going to make the same mistake in Beijing. On his first morning he was up early and out of the hotel on his way to Tiananmen Square. The local authorities are still a bit nervous: when old Cliffie arrived, there were almost as many police and security men as sightseers. And there were probably even more if you count the plainclothes guys. Some were obvious: athletic young men walking in twos or threes with radios on their belts. But there were probably a few more, acting more discreetly. Bag checks were random. But nobody checked old Cliffie's backpack. Perhaps he just looks too old to be an activist or protester.

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    Tiananmen Square

    by mikelisaanna Written Apr 24, 2008

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    Tiananmen Square is the main square in central Beijing. It is huge and is surrounded by a number of the country's most significant buildings. The Forbidden City is on the north end, the Great Hall of the People (where China's legislature meets) is on the western side, and the National Museum is on the eastern side. Mao's mausoleum is located in the middle of the square, along with a large monument to the nation's military heroes.

    Mike, Lisa, and Anna in Tiananmen Square
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    Tiananmen Square

    by Princess_Emily Written Apr 9, 2008

    Tiananmen Square is a modern creation. Its construction broke down walls of the Forbidden City to make way for the large thoroughfare, Chang'an Jie. Tiananmen Square was at one time occupied by imperial offices which were inside the Forbidden City.

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    Tian´anmen

    by elpariente Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    Desde el 1 octubre de 1949 en que Mao subió a "La puerta de la Paz Celestial" para declarar la fundación de la República , no ha dejado de estar presente en la vida de la Plaza de Tian´anmen , donde se acercan "millones" de Chinos y "algún" Occidental ( No se la proporción exacta , pero parece algo así ) , para sentir la inmensidad de esta plaza , para visitar sus grandes atracciones , como el Mausoleo del Presidente Mao , Quianmeng una de las pocas puertas que quedan de la ciudad , de la dinastía Ming , el monumento a los Héroes del Pueblo y para acceder a la Ciudad Prohibida
    La foto de Mao está rodeada de banderas y de dos carteles que dicen : "Viva la República popular China" y " Viva la unión de los Pueblos de Todo el Mundo "


    Since October 1st 1949 , that Mao from "The Heavenly Peace Door " declared the founding of the Chinese Republic, he has not ceased to be present in the live of Tian'anmen Square, where you may see always "millions" of Chinese and "some" Westerns (I do not know the exact percentage, but it seems something like that), to feel the immensity of this plaza, to visit his great attractions, such as the Chairman Mao Mausoleum , Quianmeng , one of the few doors from the old City , of the Ming dynasty, the monument to the People's Heroes and to access to the Forbidden CitThe Mao photo is surrounded by flags and by two big posters , that say :
    "Long Live to the China Popular Republic popular" and "Long live to the Union of the Peoples of All the World"

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    Tiananmen Square

    by traveloturc Written Mar 21, 2008

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    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 10,000,000 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.
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    TIAN'AN MEN

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    Located at the center of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square.

    The Monument to the People’s Heroes in the center of the square records the struggles the Chinese people waged for their independence and liberation. The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall to the south houses the body of the late chairman. The Great Hall of the People to the west is where the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, meets each year. To the east, the museum of Chinese Revolutionary History and the Museum of Chinese History tell the history of china over 5.000 years. The Sun Yat Sen park and the Beijing working People’s Palace of Culture on either side if Tian’an men, as well the south Facing gate Tower and the arrow Tower are all masterpieces of ancient architecture. Thousands of people come to the Square every day. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.

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    Always crowded but a must see...

    by Kisu Updated Feb 20, 2008

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    Always crowded but must visit The Palace Museum...

    In the middle of Tian An Men there's Chairman Mao's Mausoleum...Get in to see his body, though the queue might be veryvery long it won't take so long to get in....Mausoleum is opened only a few hours a day but the entrance is free

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    Take a walk around the square

    by schwein Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    A must see if visiting Beijing.

    At the north end of the Square is Tiananmen Tower. Initially built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, the Square was the front door of the Forbidden City.

    At the south side of the Square is the Mao Zedong mausoleum. Mao's body lies in a crystal coffin inside, against his stated wishes.

    In the center of the square is a granite monument, dedicated to the People's Heroes. Built in 1952, it is the largest monument in China's history.

    To the west lies the Great Hall of the People. This building, built in 1959, is the site of the China National People's Congress meetings and other political activities.

    On the eastern side of the square is the China National Museum. It was built recently, in 2003, and houses both the Chinese history museum and Chinese revolutionary museum.

    The scene of many political demonstrations in recent memory, the square is packed full of parked and undercover police to quell any sort of disturbance before it can escallate.
    If you are carrying a bag, expect it to be searched upon entrance to the square.

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    by loliver Written Dec 23, 2007

    Very historic site in more recent times and obviously an important place for the Chinese because there were mobs of people here. In front of the gate are two lions standing in front of the gate and two more guarding the bridges. In Chinese culture, lions are believed to protect humans from evil spirits.

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    White Girls are Famous Here

    by MarianneRules Written Dec 23, 2007

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    The same thing happened here that happened at the Bund in Shanghai. People followed us around and wanted pictures with us. I know, I know…there is history here…some serious things happened here…but my experience…well.... it was yet another tourist trap where I was the monkey in the cage…but fun…those who took my picture were so giddy and excited….I was so happy to take photos with them…I love celebrity sightings too so it was fun for all of us. Maybe it wasn’t respectful of the location…but it is what it is.

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    Big plaza!

    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    The largest plaza in the world. Be sure not to separate from your group or partner bacause you can get lost as there are a lot, but believe me, a lot of people. There is the countown clock for the Olympic Games. Mao proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China on Otuber 1, 1949 from its Ming dynasty gate, where his portrait still remains

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    Tiananmen Square

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 23, 2007

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    When we visited it was closed , as some diplomat was visiting and they were preparing it for them . I had the feeling this is a common occurance. Security was pretty tight in the area. There were armed police and army everywhere. People milled around the circumference in droves as tourist guides pointed out the various landmarks of what is touted to be the world's largest squares.
    IT is an impressive site , with a wide multi-laned boulevard leading up to the Heavenly South gate.

    It is surrounded by the Forbidden City to the north, the Great Hall of the People to the west and museums in the east. Nearby Cahirman Mao's body still lies at rest . preserved and on display in his Mausoleum.

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    Roaming around Tiannamen Square

    by sarawakgirl Written Nov 11, 2007

    We hired a tour guide name Lily who brought us to Tiannamen Square as our first sight seeing place. Tiannamen Square were full of people and at the moment they were having a beautiful landscape full of flowers to welcome the Olympics.

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