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- 98%History Buffs
- 71%Local Culture
- 62%Budget Travelers
- 62%Art & Design Lovers
- 62%Adventure Travelers
- 56%Family Travelers
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- 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 squareRecommended for:
- 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).Recommended for:
- 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:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsAdventure TravelersAug 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:
- Tiananmen SquareCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember 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.Recommended for:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofBudget TravelersBackpackersAug 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.Recommended for:
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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.
- Tiananmen SquareAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 21, 2013
It is the largest square on the world and home to some of the most important buildings/monuments for communist China. Obviously given some of the history with protests here, there are guards here who will care if you are wearing anything political so keep your "Free Tibet" shirt at home.Recommended for:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 24, 2012
A huge public square with quite a bit of history behind it. You can see the entrance to the Forbidden City here with the picture of Mao, but walk all the way to the southern and you'll be facing some hutongs and restaurants. There are plenty of hawkers trying to sell you things and guards overseeing that public order is maintained.Recommended for:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Dec 20, 2012
It is a humongous place. Yes, it is flat place but it has a big garden in the center of the square. Yes, it can be boring but it has a lot of history. It may be or is the world’s largest gathering place of sorts.Recommended for:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesDec 09, 2012
The biggest square in the world. Take a photo near a policeman. More importantly imagine what the 89 protests were like; it all happened right here as students clamored for democracy.
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesSep 11, 2012
Tiananmen Square is known to most Westerners for the huge student protests and the famous photo of the man staring down a tank, but even without that history, this vast open space is amazing and surrounded by plenty to see.Recommended for:
- Tiananmen SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
This Square of heavenly peace is MASSIVE!! Also because of its role political sensitivity, entering this massive square means also to go through armed security. On the square itself, in addition to the uniformed police, there are also many under covers. Intimidating already by its vastness and security, least not forget its historical significants and its representation of the People and that picture op!Recommended for:
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- Tiananmen SquareJul 04, 2012
I honestly did not expect to enjoy the Square as much as I did. Crowds arrive early to start queuing to see the body of Chairman Mao and the square bustles with activity. Even given the crowds you will see people flying elaboraste kites and families out walking. The people were exceptionally friendly and many wanted to have their picture taken beside eauropeans or to practice their english language skills. Things may have changed since the olympic games with tourists seeming less of a novelty.Recommended for: