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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 #55 of 1,238 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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

The square is enormous, but I expected that. It was also a very hot day so not a good day to be there. I thought it would be one big open area but there was an area in the middle that you had to go around. There's not a lot to see in the square itself, mainly it's the governnent... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Several years ago I visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, but I experienced new changes there in my 2014 visit and changes that make it difficult for the tourist to get around. From what I remember years ago you could walk all around Tiananmen Square on the actual square. But now, at least when we visited it, you can... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We were able to walk on the same cobble stones as those who were involved in the Revolution. I recall reading about our own American Revolution. The interaction with the Chinese people is always a highlight of our visit. Who knew we would meet someone who had been involved and loved American basketball especially the Seattle Super Sonics. My tour... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

You get to occasionally see a group of Chinese soldiers marching by. It's a huge square. Not much to do around there really except look at the buildings. The locals will not tell you anything whatsoever about the Tiananmen Square massacre. Some of the younger generation of people aren't even aware of the facts. Historically, its very significant.

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

There is no big, amazing monument on T. Square. It's what's happened there that makes it historically significant (either Mao's declaration of the People's Rep of China or the T. Square massacre as democracy raised it's fearful head). Either way visually it's the buildings around T. Square that you want to access. T. Square is the centre point for the... More

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Guangzhou
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

In my opinion, a quick look around is all one needs at Tiananmen Square. If Chairman Mao is your ideal, you may want to take a peek at his tomb, but others may wish to skip that. It IS the city center, so it's hard to avoid. You might wish to just go take a quick look and snap a... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

It's one of those wow factor moment, you're standing in a place that has seen it's fair share of historical moments, some that to even think of make you shudder. To some, it might be just a wide open space, but to me, it was an amazing feeling just standing in the middle of the square and remembering those images... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

A definite must. However please take my advise and go with a guide!!! Our guide whisked us threw the HUGE line. There are lots of people there as it's so popular but well worth it

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Unless you are Chinese it really is just an open space. Dont know quite what i was expecting but it wasnt that!!!! Wasnt even impressed with the so called 'scale' The most impressive thing was seeing all the black cars zooming away at dusk - assume they were 'officials' Just pleased that I didnt go much outa my way to... More

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Corner Brook, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW via mobile

Huge square. For me the only real attraction was getting a picture. If you're going to China this is just something you have to see.

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