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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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As featured in 3 days in Beijing
Ranked #58 of 1,243 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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Finksburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Once the biggest open display of the Peoples Republic of China. It's virtually the same as it was 30 years ago. Due to recent activity around the world their security is tighter, as it should be. The day we went the lines were very long but moved fairly quickly. It's an amazing display of Communist China. The picture of Mao... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Quite sad really that I couldn't see any monument or memorial for the students killed in this square. It was like it never happened. There are many scams operating in this square, plenty of people looking to target tourists although nothing happened to me. Walked around once and took some photos and then crossed the road. Still security checks to... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The smog can reduce its size! The buildings are huge. Every time there are a lot of turists. You must see this!

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

You need to know the history to appreciate the place. Security pretty tight due to recent events but lines move pretty fast. It was nice to see how Chinese still hold Chairman Mao in such a high regard. There was a long line to get into his mausoleum. We did not get there. Workers were preparing for October holidays. Mao's... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went here whilst in Beijing as it is obviously one of the most famous sites. It was all a little anticlimax after going through hundreds of security checks to get in. Very grey and dull looking. Not sure what all the fuss is about.

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Cajica, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Sor far so big and full of people every day. You can meet people from evry part of the world. Mao Tse Panteon was impossible to visit because of the amount fo people trying to see him. I was taking pictures and one person dressed black, told me, no pictures inside, leave camera there. I was a little bit scared... More

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Kenosha, Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As part of our group tour, we visited the Square and also other highlights of Beijing. A thoroughly enjoyable visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place was a lot bigger than I was expecting. A massive square that like most Chinese tourist attractions is very well kept. This is a must see while in Beijing.

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Awesome place, but wear good walking shoes. We walked 15 miles that day - - lots to see. Bring an umbrella for the sun. There are plenty of vendors selling water. Buy a frozen bottle of water - as you drink the water, you can add warm water to the ice. Works great

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Tiananmen Square is huge. The day we were there it was busy but not crowded. I enjoyed our guide's history of the square, however, it was hot. I suggest bringing an umbrella with you if you are visiting during the summer months for a little shade. I am glad I visited the square and would suggest it to anyone traveling... More

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