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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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Ranked #56 of 1,245 attractions in Beijing
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in the heart of modern China and the site for massive parades and rallies, this was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on the Gate of... more » Owner description: Located in the heart of modern China and the site for massive parades and rallies, this was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Remember watching those tanks run over the protesters back in the 80s I think it was, so to actually be stood there was amazing, very hot and very busy but still well worth a visit, lots of security everywhere as usual think, great, well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Must do. Hard to put into words. Its early in the morning. But a million plus people will be there to watch. Its really quite neat to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's big busy and highly overrated. It's well worth the visit......but if you've been there once it's enough....there are much better places to visit in Beijing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The place is enormous, very very busy. The security was very high, having to go through an underpass to get on the square. It has some nice flowers and an enormous large screen. Chairman Mao's mausoleum is there, it was closed the day we were there, you could see the places for the people to queue to get inside. There... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Other than the fact there was a political uprising based here twenty years ago. Not relevant. Yes there is Mao's Tomb, but the line to get in was seriously a half mile long and we got pulled out of the line after 15 minutes because we had backpacks. This was after waiting 45 minutes to go through the metal detector.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Tiananmen Square is a huge concrete square that is incredibly busy and hot. I think pictures do it justice - there isn't a lot to see here unless you plan on visiting Mao's Tomb (which we did not do on my tour) or pass through it to visit the Forbidden City right beside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Visited last May. Arrived early on first part of tour. I really wanted to go to the historical and culturally famous Tiananmen Square and I am glad I did. The vast square was impressive - busy with tourists and locals alike. To walk over to the flags at the far end then turn around and face the formal government buildings... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The sheer size of the square was bigger than I anticipated and there is plenty to look at but I would recommend going at sunset as the soldiers take the flag down with a little ceremony and for a brief moment the Tianamen Tower glows red. The ceremony also happens at sunrise.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We got here as the 1st stop of our day tour around 7:30am. It was silly busy then on a weekday during school holidays. The Chinese people queued for miles to have a quick meeting/ photo with one of the important officials. (Can't remember the name) the gardens there are beautiful and it's worth taking pictures. However our guide, as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Tiananmen Square is a must see for many obvious reasons. The security was heightened a lot while we were there because it was the day after the 25th anniversary protests, which made the time getting in a bit more lengthy. We went on a beautiful day with perfect blue sky in the air, which changed my mood for the best.... More

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