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The Tiananmen Square is a large and historic public square in Beijing where Chairman Mao, the father of communism in China, declared the foundation of the People’s Republic on 1st October 1949. One of the largest city squares in the world, it has the Tiananmen Gate (from which it gets its name), Monument to People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People – meeting place of National People’s Congress, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and the National Museum of China, which traces the history of China from the Yuanmou Man of the Middle Pleistocene era to the end of the Qing Dynasty in the 20th century.

Guards in green-uniforms with red badges patrol the area to this day, as a throwback to the old iron-curtain communist regime. Today, the Square is widely associated with the suppression of the pro-democracy protests in 1989.

Tiananmen Square and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Forbidden City

Forbidden City(1.3 km)
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, a grand-standing symbol of the might and stateliness of their court.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven(2.7 km)
Temple of Heaven, to the south-east of the Tiananmen Square, is the site where the emperor prayed every year for a bountiful harvest and fair weather.

Tiananmen Gate

Tiananmen Gate(0.5 km)
The Tiananmen Gate or Gate of Heavenly Peace is a symbol of China, dominating the northern end of the Tiananmen Square with a large portrait of Chairman Mao.

National Centre for the Performing Arts
Imperial Ancestral Temple

Imperial Ancestral Temple(0.7 km)
The Imperial Ancestral Temple is where sacrificial ceremonies were held to honor the imperial family's ancestors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

National Art Museum of China
Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park(2.1 km)

Beihai Park

Beihai Park(2.1 km)
Beihai Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China, dating back to the 11th century.

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