"A VISIT TO TIANANMEN SQUARE" Tiananmen Square Tip by DennyP
Tiananmen Square, Beijing: 161 reviews and 320 photos
Once again allow yourself a lot of time to walk round and view this amazing place also make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes as you will walk great distances here while you are "out and about."
To finally arrive in The Tiananmen Square I was not only taken by its hugeness in area but also by the amount of Police and Military that appeared to be everywhere ,and later was also told of the vast amounts of plain clothes secret police milling around in with the crowds..Westerners are still very much looked upon with great suspicion specially talking with Chinese locals. This is the biggest Square in the world and has on occassion seen over a million people gathered here in the Square!!!
I of course took many photos but after asking a Policemen if I could have a photo with him he declined and then had his photo taken with a local..so much for public relations ..!!
I must say that I was taken with the vastness of this place even though ,really expecting it to be as I had seen it on TV with vivid images of the student struggle and ruthless militaryaction that followed..Although it is said to be The Square for the people it can be closed at any time seen fit when there are meetings being held in the "Great Hall of the People, but like most cities now..security cameras abound along with the many eyes of the secret police.
This entire area was a scene of great battles during the Boxer Rebellion of 1899 to 1901..
and recently in 1989 when Pro Democracy demonstrators were put down by military force.
Address: TIAN ' ANMEN GUANGCHANG
Directions: LOCATED IN THE CITY CENTRE
CLOSEST METRO STOP TIANANMEN Xi or TIANANMEN DONG
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