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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.
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West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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We arrived in Beijing early in morning and could not check in for several hours so we walked over to Tiananmen Square. It was jam packed with people Soon you could hear the hammering of boots on the ground. An army group marched out from...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jamfau
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Huge square in front of the Forbidden City. Great place to walk through on way to visiting the Forbidden City and to soak in the atmosphere and it’s historical importance. Security is tight with ID registration and screening for locals. For foreigners, do bring along...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a historical square and doesn't require a lot of time to see if you are visiting the museum or the forbidden city, bring your passport and you will get scanned,ladies handbags too before you enter the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Flitz8
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We briefly passed through here on the way to forbidden city. I hadn’t realised it was so large. Perhaps a visit to the other side may be away from cars. But still worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nickic844
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Big on history but not real interesting to see. Not a whole lot of information concerning major events that happened there. Just a wide open area

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nancyd220
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's a nice stop, but doesn't require much time. It is a huge square with a lot of history. It's an easy stop on the way to Forbidden City.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BrittneyLikeSpears
Reviewed 5 days ago

A must see if you're traveling to Beijing. It was incredible to see the size and just be where history has taken place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 543seanm
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Bearing the freeing temperatures at - 8degC with cold wind.. it is a magnificent square that claimed to contain million of standing people. It is a huge square that leads to the forbidden city. Depends what time you are here, you can still witness the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank agoh69
Reviewed 1 week ago

I read somewhere that this is the largest city square on the planet and once you arrive, you can see that if it is, it's not too surprising---it's a massive square. There's so much history here, it's a tad overwhelming and also heartbreaking too. I'd...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Isurehopeso
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was blown away by the expanse and size of the space It was quite surreal to I,,erase yourself in the area watching locals from regional towns engage with westerners for the first time. A must see

Date of experience: September 2018
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December 5, 2018|
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Response from Reklaw252 | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea but, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter. It was closed when we were there and we just walked along the perimeter and were able to see it very well. A cautionary note: we were there on a normal weekday and the... More
December 5, 2018|
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Response from Arthur W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it certainly would appear so - see chinahighlights It says that it is the best time to visit at Chinese new year. Have a great visit
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January 10, 2018|
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Response from aster_palms | Reviewed this property |
We were there in October and at that time, there was no entrance fees. There were police security everywhere but nothing to worry us at all. Things may have changed since then. Check with your agent. Long queues but it... More
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Beijing Itinerary - Half During National Day (5 Replies)
I know its not ideal to be going at this time, but it was either that or not go at all. This is a quick itinerary that I have drawn up, and was wondering if people could give some feedback. Feedback in general, but also factoring in the time we are going, and whether we should go to some places on different days (ie, the best places to go during Natonal Day holidays). Also whether I am allowing enough time for each place (especially at this time), and if I have missed anything obvious....More
September 30, 2014|
Response fromannieandhamish|
Hi, You are arriving at the tail end of National week holiday so dont stress too much. However your itinerary is all a huge mish mash of places not close to each other. You really need to look on a map &amp; buy a small pocket guide to see where the places you want to see are located. IE; Your arrival afternoon / evening. Panjiayuan Market (Dirt Market) &amp; Yuyuantan Park are located in different parts of the city. No way you will fit them both in. Leave your hotel at lunch time...More