No visit to Beijing is complete without spending some time in Tiananmen Square. It is the symbolic center of China with a sordid past. Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square, though quite sterile in itself. Tiananmen Square is flanked by Zhengyang Gate to the south, the Forbidden City and Gate of Heavenly Peace to the north, and grand 1950s buildings, including the National Museum of China, to the east and west. The Monument to the People’s Heroes is at the very center of the square, and the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall is to the south of the monument.
|Zhengyang Gate at the south end of Tiananmen Square.|
|Monument to the People's Heroes and the National Museum of China.|
|Tiananmen Square offers a great view of the Forbidden City and the Gate of Heavenly Peace.|
|A police and military presence is constantly felt in Tiananmen Square.|
But they are good natured to allow photographs and civilian marchers.
|If you plan on entering the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, cross the street and check your |
bags and cameras before joining the long security lines to enter Tiananmen Square.
|A steady stream of people exit the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.|