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“Must go there - and think about what it means”

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
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Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, and Mutianyu...
Ranked #53 of 1,567 things to do in Beijing
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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 Heavenly Peace, Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

On the face of it there is not much there - it is a large mostly empty sqaure. But the reason it is so full of people, and most of these are Chinese is because of its importance in Chinese history.
For that it is worth it. Be preapred for lots of poeple and lots of scecurity. There is also mcuh to see around it. Good place to start and then go onto the Forbidden City. Would need to be really dedicated to task to go to Mao's mausoleum but each to their own.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Although there is not a great deal to see here (primarily a guarded obelisk in a huge courtyard), there is plenty of history attached to this location, and it is conveniently located next to museums, the forbidden city, and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. If Chinese history does not have much meaning to you, it may still be worthwhile to take a quick look on your way to other attractions.

This goes without saying when exploring China, but be prepared to get approached by many locals speaking English. They will try to offer you overpriced goods, tours (they may or may not have knowledge of the attraction) or other services. Know that if you give them any attention, they will continue to follow you around, which grows quite tedious. If you are a westerner and intend to take them up on whatever they are selling, offer to pay about 30% of the asking price. If you pay more than 50%, you're definitely getting a bad deal.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

The square is very large. It took quite some time to get through the security gates. It was August and very hot waiting in the queue. Definitely need sun protection. The square with its buildings at the perimeter is impressive. There were lots of tourist groups - local and children's groups. Certainly a place worth visiting.

Thank Marlis G
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Tiananmen Square is a popular place for tourists. One has to understand its rich past from the declaration of communist China in 1949 to the democratic crackdown in 1989 to appreciate the place. The security is very tight there with bags check. On the surface, it is a drab dull looking square. But it gets exciting for historians like myself who try to envision the areas where the protest took place and where people were standing when the declaration of communist China was proclaimed. This is what makes this historic square unique and worth a visit. There are also a few historical spots like museums, palaces and towers nearby. Perhaps one tip I can suggest before you visit is to look for old photographs or videos of the square during significant historic events. Then you will appreciate more when you stand at the various spots in Tiananmen Square.

Thank jonascn
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is very historic place to visit if in China. Stretches for a few kilometres. Nice to stroll in the morning with wonderful scenery. Very well kept & guarded. Must see place. Surrounded by beautiful parks & rivers.

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