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- 98%History Buffs
- 72%Local Culture
- 61%Art & Design Lovers
- 56%Family Travelers
- 55%Adventure Travelers
- 53%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (101)
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Jan 17, 2014
It is famous, but not particularly interesting. Nevertheless, because it is right in front of the Forbidden City, which is a must see it makes sense to go ahead an walk around this famous square
- Tiananmen SquareAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 01, 2013
After breakfast in the hotel, we visited one of the great monuments of Beijing, China; Tiananmen Square. At 100 acres, it is the world's largest public square, flanked by an assortment of historical buildings, huge museums, and Communist monuments, including Mao's Mausoleum. One visitor has written, "An army could be massed, and all the kites in the world could fly." We roamed the Square, realizing how puny us humans were in the giant square. We walked through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, under the famed portrait of Chairman Mao, to enter the Forbidden City, the symbolic center of the Chinese universe and a lasting monument of dynastic China, from which 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years (1420-1911).
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
Tiananmen Square is a sprawling concrete block square, which sits directly across from the Forbidden City. Despite the vastness of the concrete square, it manages to evoke the rollercoaster history of China over the past several decades.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
Tiananmen Square is a must-see while in Beijing. It's the world's largest open square, and is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the city. At the south end you'll find the Zhengyangmen Gate and Qianmen Gate and Mao's maosuleum, in the middle the Monument to the People's Heroes, and at the north end the official state flag pole. The north end also offer a good view of Tiananmen Gate with Mao's portrait.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Tiananmen SquareCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
Tiananmen Square is much more impressive in real life. To see the iconic square where so much went down is quite moving. The square itself is also larger than it looks on TV. When I visited as a kid, I recalled seeing Mao's big mug looking over all the tourists. That was an interesting sight.
- Tiananmen SquareAug 10, 2013
Tiananmen square.. To be honest, this place loses its lustre after 10 minutes. Unless you are amused with the sheer usage of concrete and the vast space it occupies, then yes, you might be able to enjoy this place for hours.
Also, there are some things to watch out for: Tea tasting and art buying are downright scams here. Avoid them when necessary. A friendly chinese girl starts talking to you in english and taking you to a tea house is a big red flag and should be avoided immensely.
That being said, the best time to visit tiananmen square is during the flag raising ceremony that happens everyday as the sun is about to rise. (varies depending on the time of year)
Dont expect to be the only person up and staring at the flag come 5:00am; hundreds of chinese tourist wait around to see the flag raising ceremony. The sheer amount of patriotism is not lost here.
They also have the flag lowering ceremony which occurs when the sun sets. It is still a great sight to see but it is not as moving as the flag raising ceremony. One of the most moving moments I've had in beijing bar none.
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- Tiananmen SquareMar 24, 2013
Beautiful square. It's the right place to start your visit to Beijing. From here you can go to the forbidden city, museums, people's heroes monument, pretty much all famous landmarks. There are two metro stations that take to there (Tiananmen east and west). Getting a taxi from the square is really hard, so the metro is the best option. There is also a bus station if you walk south.