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Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

Tiananmen Square, or Tiananmen Guangchang, has always been not so much a square as a symbol. Mao built it to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. After the 1989 pro-democracy rallies that ended up in the massacre of protesters in the streets leading away from the square, it's impossible to stand in this vast space without thinking of its bleak history. And yet, it can be a bright, bustling sort of place, full of kids flying kites.

The scale really is extraordinary - this is the largest square in the world, able to fit 300,000 people (when Mao died, a million people crammed in here for a last farewell to their leader). Acres of paving stones stretch away in every direction. The square is bounded by the Museums of Chinese History and Chinese Revolution, the Great Hall of the People, and the Chairman Mao Mausoleum. 

In the center of the square, soaring 38 metres (125 feet) into the sky, is Monument to the People's Heroes, a granite obelisk erected in 1958. Other than checking out this monument and maybe taking a peek at the embalmed body of Chairman Mao, there's not a great deal to do here besides people-watch. Folk come from all over China to have their photo taken in this square, so there's a lot going on.

Practical Info

Take the underground rail to Tiananmen Dong, Tiananmen Xi (line 1) or Qianmen (line 2). There are also numerous buses that go to the square.  

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

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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.)

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Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square, and Forbidden City, Beijing, Private Day ... 
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Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square, and Forbidden City

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

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

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Small Group Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch, Beijing, Private ... 
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Small Group Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

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

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Private All-Inclusive Day Trip to Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City, Beijing, Day ... 
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Private All-Inclusive Day Trip to Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City

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This amazing and worry free day trip of Beijing will take you to see all the top attractions in Beijing, including Great Wall of Mutianyu, Tian'anmen Square ...  Read more

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

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Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City, Beijing, Private Day Trips
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Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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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.)

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Beijing One Day Coach Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall Plus Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Including ... 
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Beijing One Day Coach Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall Plus Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Including Lunch

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Tiananmen Square is the biggest city square in the world and Forbidden City is the biggest imperial palace in the world. Mutianyu Great Wall is one of best ...  Read more

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

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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

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

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Full Day Coach Tour: Forbidden City And Tiananmen Visiting Plus Temple Of Heaven, Beijing, Layover ... 
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Full Day Coach Tour: Forbidden City And Tiananmen Visiting Plus Temple Of Heaven

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
Beijing Private Sightseeing Tour with Acrobatic Show, Beijing, Day Trips
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Beijing Private Sightseeing Tour with Acrobatic Show

Every visitor in Beijing should see the magnificent buildings within the Forbidden city compound to get a feeling of the grandeur architectural style, the ...  Read more

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

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Small Group Tour: Temple of Heaven Forbidden City Tour by Public Transportation, Beijing, Private ... 
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Small Group Tour: Temple of Heaven Forbidden City Tour by Public Transportation

Go straight to Beijing City’s highlights on this 6-hour small-group tour by public transportation. A local insider will whisk you to the city’s best landmarks, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

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