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  • Address: Beijing, China
  • Admission: Free

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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) Tours

Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza, has always been a symbol of Mao’s epic Communist project—and resistance to it. Despite its bleak history, the site of the 1989 massacre is today a bustling place, often teeming with tourists and local kids flying kites.

The Basics
One of the most famous landmarks in all of China, Tiananmen Square and its 125-foot-high (39-meter-high) granite Monument to the People’s Heroes features on just about every Beijing tour. Visitors from around the globe come to have their picture taken in front of the photo of Chairman Mao mounted on the monumental Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen). For those pressed for time, it’s possible to visit the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square in a single day. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tiananmen Square is a must-see for history buffs, people watchers, and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the square and neighboring Forbidden City are huge.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the square provides little shade.
  • Visitors are required to pass through a security checkpoint before entering the square.

How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Tiananmen Square is to take the Beijing subway Line 1 to either Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West, or Line 2 to Qianmen. Several public buses also stop at the square.

When to Get There
The national flagpole sits within Tiananmen Square, and the flag-raising ceremony that takes place at sunrise each morning is well worth seeing. Expect big crowds and long lines at the Forbidden City and Mao’s Mausoleum during peak tourist season in summer and on Chinese public holidays.

Attractions in Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square sits at the heart of Beijing, surrounded by some of the city’s top attractions. The Forbidden City, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Great Hall of the People, and the Chairman Mao Mausoleum bound the square, so there’s always a lot of activity. 

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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City, Beijing, null
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City, Beijing, Cultural Tours
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

What is a better way to have a deep tour of the Forbidden city with your private guide the whole time? Embark on this 4-hour walking tour, you will explore the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City, Beijing, Half-day Tours
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Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

This full day tour in Beijing will enable you to experience the most attractive historical sites: Great Wall at Mutianyu, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00
Full Day Coach Tour: Forbidden City And Tiananmen Visiting Plus Temple Of Heaven, Beijing, Private ... 
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Full Day Coach Tour: Forbidden City And Tiananmen Visiting Plus Temple Of Heaven

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

On this coach tour, you will visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square is ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Full-day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing, Beijing, Day Trips
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Full-day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing

This coach day tour is full of history, legends and greatness of China. Start your trip from the majestic Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden city in the morning, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Quality Coach Day Tour to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City plus Badaling Great Wall, Beijing, ... 
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Quality Coach Day Tour to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City plus Badaling Great Wall

Beijing, the capital city of China has a history of over a thousand years.Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites on this trip. Hop on this quality coach, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
Small-Group Day Tour of the Badaling Great Wall with Forbidden City Visit, Beijing, Bus & Minivan ... 
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Small-Group Day Tour of the Badaling Great Wall with Forbidden City Visit

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Hike the Badaling Great Wall on this full-day tour. After hiking along the wall, enjoy a typical Chinese lunch. Then, travel to Tiananmen Square and the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Private Beijing Layover Tour: Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City with Airport ... 
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Private Beijing Layover Tour: Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City with Airport Transfer

While on a layover in Beijing, see one of the world's seven wonders: the Great Wall and the UNESCO site The Forbidden City, a large city central square ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.00
Small-Group Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch, Beijing, Layover ... 
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Small-Group Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy an unforgettable experience, visiting the most fantastic places on this full-day Beijing tour with English-speaking guide, you will go to Tia'nanmen ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.00
Private Beijing City Highlights with Summer Palace, Beijing, Full-day Tours
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Private Beijing City Highlights with Summer Palace

This private tour combines three important must-sees in the city: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. You will also hop on a Two Decker tour ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

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