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“In desperate need of restoration.”

Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men)
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“In desperate need of restoration.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

When you arrive it's very crowded and despite the swarms of police and guards I felt very vulnerable to pickpockets and the con artists are everywhere. Going through the gate, you notice the damp, peeling paint and litter, it doesn't feel impressive. Make sure you read up on its history beforehand as there are no signs and without it it's just a poorly maintained gate. Combined with the disappointing Forbidden City beyond there's no need to stay too long.

Visited April 2013
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“PEOPLE!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Welcome to one of the busiest places in China! People are everywhere, but overall, the atmosphere is full of excitement and wonder. People adore Chairman Mao everyone is taking pictures.

Visited March 2013
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“Forbidden City.”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Visiting this beautiful place for the first time is the most impressive, after living here in Beijing for so many years it is less attractive for me but for first time visitors it is a must!

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Gotta go here”
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

This gate is one of the most photographed things in Beijing. You can see the forbidden city, walk to this, and then to tienimen square. This will take all afternoon, and you get to see 3 of the biggest tourist attraction in Beijing in one afternoon. There is also a mall at the far end of the square for shopping and many restaurants.

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“The historical heart of Beijing and China”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

How can this ever be missed? This gat has been towering over chinese politics, culture, art and history for the past 600 years! so much happened here and it is all summarized by this gate.
interesting note: Mao's picture used to be hanged only on national days (like 1st of may or 1st of october), only since the cultural revolution (1966) it has been permanent. And before the Communist revolution, Chiang Kai-Shek's portrait used to hang there! Not many know this.

Visited November 2012
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