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Tiananmen Square

Chang An Avenue, Beijing, 11 1000 China
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    Sam
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    5 Jul 18, 2014

    The best. There are no words for this place. It's just incredible, vast, and FULL of that good o' political tension we all desire. Oh, it's free.

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    Jenny You
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    3 May 18, 2014

    I am working in Beijing!ive got lot of friends who traveled here so I will show them around like a tourist!that picture too while nightfall

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    3 Jan 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

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    Stanley Chan
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    4 Nov 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).

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Oct 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.

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    Casper Tollerud
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    4 Aug 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.

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    Keane
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    5 Aug 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.

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    5 Aug 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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    4 Apr 11, 2013

    Almost exactly as I imagined it, probably because there are so many photos around that little is left to the imagination. Mao's tomb was awe-inspiring and a bit creepy.

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    Fabiana Meira Pires Azevedo
    5 Mar 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.

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    Joyce Cheng
    4 Mar 14, 2013

    Because it's in the middle of such a busy area, the people that live there don't think too much of it. But as a tourist is has a wow factor hence you have to visit here if you go to Beijing.

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    Yuki Zhang
    3 Feb 19, 2013

    crowded...crowded...as chinese, it's too familiar to visit....but i would love to see the ceremony of raising flags.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    4 Jan 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.

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    John H.
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    4 Dec 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.

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    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    4 Dec 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.

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    Albert Qian
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    5 Dec 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.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 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.

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    Mel S Wong
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    4 Jul 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!

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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    very very large, always full of people, so it's not a good idea if you visit Tiananmen Square at Labor Days of Chinese national Day, you will lose the way

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    Kenny McDonald
    5 Jul 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.

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Approximately the size of 90 football fields, Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. The square is surrounded by a cluster of massive buildings including Tiananmen Gate , The Forbidden City , the Great Hall of the People, The Monument of the People's Heroes and the Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum. Due to its political and historical significance, thousands of local tourists flock to ... read more
Tiananmen square every year. The square was renovated in 1999 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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