Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

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Tiananmenis a city square in the centre of Beijing. The square lies between two ancient, massive gates: the Tian'anmen to the north and the Zhengyangmen to the south. Along the west side of the square is the Great Hall of the People. The square has a great political and cultural importance, as several notable buildings are situated here; Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
During the most decisive pages of Chinese history, this square was a gathering point for political protests, meeting and the important decision making area.
Tiananmen square is also the place, were the most important events of the city are organized.
 

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  • SL Priambodo

    4
    - 31 August 2018 -

    Large park but crowds with people. Just across Forbidden City. This is a place for local Beijing to hang out. So prepare for the crowds. But all local people I meet here was nice. They don't speak English, so Google translate was very helpful 😁

  • Riccardo Pelc-wesoly

    3
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Pretty, clean and huge. Lines are rather long to go through security to get to the square so take water(as it's triple price on the square) and go early. You're better off visiting the surrounding museums plus forbidden city.

  • Daniel H

    5
    - 06 August 2018 -

    Great place at night, or if you want to watch the raising or lowering of the flag at dawn/dusk. Although be warned that it is very hot if you are there mid day in the summer! Make sure that you have a passport or ID with you at all times, although security in the square is less strict for foreign nationals than others.

  • Michael Machado

    3
    - 25 July 2018 -

    Tiananmen Square is very large place but in my opinion not much to see. It is a large open space and is all concrete except some large buildings and statues that occupy the center of the Square. If you stick around to the evening there is a changing of the guard at the one end of the square that which is on the street in across from the parade watching area that has Mao's picture. You do have to pass through a Security checkpoint which can take a while due to the large number of people.

  • Riccardo Pelc-wesoly

    3
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Pretty, clean and huge. Lines are rather long to go through security to get to the square so take water(as it's triple price on the square) and go early. You're better off visiting the surrounding museums plus forbidden city.

  • Jay Marshall

    3
    - 20 July 2018 -

    This area of Beijing is extremely crowded, so if you are able I would suggest going on a weekday as weekends are absolutely insane. The square itself is huge, so expect a fair amount of walking and wear comfortable shoes. There are a few cool monuments to see, but obviously some of the more significant historical events here have been scrubbed from China's history books. Don't go running your mouth about this publicly; big brother is always watching. Speaking of which, for those unfamiliar with China, you will need to go through several security checks so allow extra time, prepare to have your bags x-rayed (though they are apparently film-safe) and BRING YOUR PASSPORT AND VISA unless you hold a Chinese ID card. Without these, you will not be permitted entry.

  • mike magee

    3
    - 13 July 2018 -

    I went here in Feb 2016. The security check points drove me mad. There was a lot of queues and a lot of people. We went at the flag raising ceremony. This ceremony happens at different times, depending on the month. You can get the timetable on line. It was interesting, because of its history. It is not a one day visit and expect to see everything. Its ease to get around with local transport, You will be doing a lot of walking. Plenty of places to eat or grab a coffee. If this review was helpful, please like.

  • Johnny Delgado

    5
    - 21 June 2018 -

    Huge! Gigantic square to take some cool shots and contemplate the area! You don’t need a guide, basically walk around and take some photos! There are tons of police and military guards there. You’ll need your passport to be able to get in! There is no entrance fee.

  • christian helser

    4
    - 06 June 2018 -

    The square is massive. The lighting fixtures as dated as they are entirely echo from the early 50s. Cool to see, but if its summer bring cold drinks and some shade. Also check out the museum across the street. Amazing artworks and exciting exhibitions.

  • grappa

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    Tiananmen Square is such a huge expanse of space visited by countless local and foreign tourists each day. Access to the area requires each one to present an identification card and subject bags to x-ray machines deployed in controlled strategic entry points. Every structure seems constructed with the idea of accommodating millions of people. In case you will visit this place, be ready with your camera, hat during summer, water, and prepare to walk, walk, and walk. It's feels nice to be in a place with deep Chinese history and political life.

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