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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 #57 of 1,242 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Everyone was so hyped up once out of the train station. However, it was chaotic as no signages for clear direction near station and security gates were all around. Most just followed the crowd who went also the wrong way. Best will be to ask the policemen. It was also unbelievable hot as no shelter, hydration here is crucial. With... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

An engaging experience, headsets needed to gain the most out of it. Take your time going through and avoid the crowds if possible

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Preston, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

They claim this to be the biggest city square anywhere in the world but it is difficult to get any feel for size with the number of areas sectioned off for any manner of security checks. The buildings surrounding the square are not particularly impressive with the exception of Tiananmen Gate. As a city square, doesn't come close to Red... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Second time here at Tiananmen Square. I don't recall seeing a fence around it the last time I was here in 2001. Lots of historical buildings, monuments and Mao's Mausoleum are all in this area. Be prepared to go thru a security check.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was so excited to visit Tiananmen Square because it is just has such a rich history! Since I went with a group of my peers in college we had our two professors with us who expanded upon much of the history for us, which helped. I'm not sure how that would have differed if we hadn't had a guide.... More

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Bergen
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The world's largest square. In the heart of Beijing next to the Forbidden City. The focus of the protests in 1989. It all sounds very exciting, but in reality we spent 30 minutes squeezed between Chinese tourists to go through security, and then it was full of Chinese groups with loudspeakers and umbrellas. We didn't stay long, just passed through... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Maybe I would of found our visit more enjoyable if I had of read up on the history and meaning of the place, so I would advise you to do that before going. We visited after we had been to the Forbidden City as it is close by. You have to go through a security check to enter the square.... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

No better a place to vist on a Blue Sky Beijing day! Start at one end and ensure you visit all four corners!

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We were hoping to visit the Mausoleum which is only opened until midday but having stood for 45 mins to go through a poorly organised security check we were too late. That said, it was still interesting to see Tiananmen Square for historic reasons. Most of the visitors were Chinese tourists. We were not hassled by anyone to buy. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The history behind this place is overwhelming, I do recommend you read a bit about the massacre and all the related history before you visit, it will make your experience unforgettable. I visited it at night and enjoyed the lighting and the guards and took photos everywhere. Most people recommend visiting in the morning. Wear something comfortable, as it is... More

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