"The very centre of it all" Tiananmen Square Tip by Willettsworld
Tiananmen Square, Beijing: 161 reviews and 320 photos
Tiananmen Square is one of the world's most famous, maybe for all the wrong reasons following the protests and subsequent riots that happened here in 1989. It is the world's largest open-urban square covering an area of 40.5 hectares (100 acres) and is named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square was originally designed in 1651 and was enlarged to its present size in the 1950s. The square lies between two ancient, massive gates: the Tian'anmen to the north and the Zhengyangmen, better known as Qianmen (Front Gate) to the south. Along the west side of the Square is the Great Hall of the People and along the east side is the National Museum of China. Its flatness is broken only by the 38-metre (125 ft) high Monument to the People's Heroes completed in 1958, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong completed in 1977.
You can play a game here. It's called "spot the secret policemen". They'll be guys walking around with umbrellas and ear-pieces who monitor people's actions and movements on the square, just in case any trouble breaks out. As well as them, there are dozens of uniformed police and army soldiers. Don't worry about all of this and just act like a normal tourist like you would do anywhere else in the world.
Directions: In the very center of Beijing
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