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Tiananmen Square and its Surroundings


Kite in the Tiananmen SquareAt the very heart of Beijing, sits Tiananmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. This vast space, measuring 40 hectares, has a historical significance to rival its size.

Enlarged in the 1960s, Tiananmen Square now measures 880 meters from north to south, 500 meters from east to west and can accommodate up to one million people. Classical Beijing planning however, didn't permit public squares. They were seen largely as dangerous places where crowds could gather and diverted attention and focus away from the Emperor. Tiananmen Square is therefore, one of Beijing's most modern sites and largely Mao's concoction.

The May 4th demonstrations in 1919 against the Treaty of Versailles took place here. So too did anti-Japanese protests in 1935. Mao inspected his troops here during the Cultural revolution and in 1976, one million people gathered in the square to pay tribute to the Chairman. Today, visitors remember the square mostly for the images of the 1989 student demonstrations in this concrete mass which were relayed throughout the world.

Tiananmen Square and its SurroundingsThe incredible size of the square, the gray colour of the surrounding buildings, the historical memories and the various monuments dotted about, leave some Western visitors unmoved by Tiananmen. But the sheer wealth of historical sites and the political importance of the area make it a must-see for travelers to Beijing. This is not only the physical centre of China, but also the centre of power and politics. For Chinese visitors, the site is of utmost importance. Today, it's filled with tourists visiting Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, or paying their respects at the monument to the heroes of the Revolution.

In the evenings, after the ceremonial lowering of the flag, courting couples and families parade the heart of the city. The easiest approach to the square is from the south, where there's a bus terminus and a subway stop. The Chinese flag is raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset when PLA soldiers march up and down, drilled to perform at 108 paces per minute!

About Tiananmen Square and its Surroundings

-- Historical Overview of Tiananmen Square
-- Huabiao-Ornamental Pillars
-- The Chinese National Flag, Emblem and Anthem
-- The Monument to the Heroes of the People
-- Chairman Mao's Mausoleum
-- The Great Hall of the People
-- The National Museum of China ( Formed The Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution)
-- Viewing the Tiananmen Square from the Rostrum


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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group Tour Cool  --- from US$34
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

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Not have much leisure time, but eager to catch the highlights of Beijing, join this, enjoy the three most popular scenic spots in a one-day bus tour. Departure: daily.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beihai Park 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$49
One day private tour covers the trip to 3 of the major sites in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beihai Park.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park & Beihai Park Private Day Tour  --- from US$53
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jinshan Park and Beihai Park, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace Private Day Tour  --- from US$54
Highlight one day private tour covers the trip to 3 of the 6 major sites in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven Private Day Tour  --- from US$56
This 1 day private highlight city tour covers the trip to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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This 1 day private tour covers the trip to the most popular sites of Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Fobidden City, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Mutianyu Great Wall , Tiananmen Sauare & Forbidden City 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$58
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beijing Old Hutong 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$58
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace Private Day Tour Cool  --- from US$60
Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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