"Squares don't get bigger than this - Part 2" Top 5 Page for this destination Tiananmen Square Tip by mke1963

Tiananmen Square, Beijing: 161 reviews and 320 photos


Along the western side of Tianan?men Square, the Great Hall of the People and along the east side the Museum of Chinese Revolutionary History. It is worth taking a long look at these buildings. The monumental Soviet style of architecture has its merits (unless you had to actually live or work inside them, of course), and the imposing symmetry is more appealing than most buildings put up since then in central Beijing. On a sunny, winter afternoon, with the serial red Chinese flags at full stretch and the huge Chinese emblem gazing out over the square, above a facade of warm stone, the foreigner can begin to understand the pride and the nationalism embodied in the square. One of the finest views of Tianan'men Square is from the upper floors of either the hall or the museum. At ground leel, the square is simply too big to appreciate, and its scale is designed to overwhelm.
In front of Mao's Mausoleum is the Monument to the Peoples Heroes - Mao's calligraphy to the north and Zhou Enlai's more measured, even cultured script on the south face. The carvings represent a variety of crucial events in Chinese history, including the Taiping Uprising on the east face, the 1937-45 war of resistance against Japan and Communist troops crossing the Yangtze River to the north, and the 4th May 1919 demonstrations against the Treaty of Versailles which took place in the square.

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Address: Tianan'men Square, heart of the Chinese universe
Directions: In the very center of Beijing
Phone: 0678745798
Website: http://www.roundtiananmensquare.com/index.html

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  • Written Nov 24, 2003
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