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Tiananmen Square

One of the most famous squares in the world, this spot is the beating heart of Beijing and has always been the site of mass protests and national celebrations.

It’s the history, more so than the architecture, behind Tiananmen Square that has brought it into the international spotlight. This public square is surrounded by Beijing’s most famous attractions, a sight you can’t miss if you are in Beijing.

Centrally located, Tianaman Square covers an area of nearly 109 acres (44 hectares). It is framed by two imperial gates to its north and south: the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Gate) and the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate). To the west stands the communist-era Great Hall of the People, the meeting place of the Chinese government. To the east is the National Museum of China.

Get to the square early and line up for the daily flag-raising ceremony, with soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army marching across the square. This flag is lowered with a similar stately show at sunset.

Tiananmen Square is heavily monitored by security cameras, metal detectors and police officers, presumably because it has a long history of a place of dissent. Examples of this dissent include the mass protest against the Versailles Treaty in 1919 and the pro-democracy student uprising 70 years later.

These days the atmosphere in the square is very friendly, so take in the scene at your own pace. Buy a kite for your children or watch the locals take photos at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in front of the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Inside this hall in the mausoleum, you can get a closer look at Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. Line up to catch a glimpse of what is either his mummified body, or a wax replica, depending on who you ask. Either way, you’ll be filing past the image of one of China’s most famous rulers at rest.

To reach Tiananmen Square, take a taxi or the subway Tian’anmen East, Tian’anmen West or Qianmen Station. Many combine their visit to the square with a journey through the adjacent Forbidden City.


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1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. National Museum of China and Tiananmen Square are also within 15 minutes. Wangfujing Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dengshikou Station is 14 minutes.

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    Home Inn Dabeiyao

    34 DONG SAN HUAN ZHONG ROAD, Beijing, PEK
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zhongnanhai, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Forbidden City and The Palace Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tian'anmen East Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen West Station is 10 minutes.

      The Ashar Hotel Beijing
      The Ashar Hotel Beijing

      The Ashar Hotel Beijing

      No. 130 Chaoyangmen Nei Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wangfujing Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 10 minutes.

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        Grand Hotel Beijing

        Grand Hotel Beijing

        No 35 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Dongcheng, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wangfujing Station is only a 4-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 10 minutes.

          Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel
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          1 Denglong Ku Hutong Nanchizi, Beijing
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tiananmen, Tiananmen Square, and The Palace Museum. Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tian'anmen East Station is 10 minutes by foot and Wangfujing Station is 14 minutes.

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            Dong Jiao Min Xiang

            Dong Jiao Min Xiang

            No 23 A Dongjiaomingxiang Dongcheng Dist, Beijing, Beijing
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wangfujing Station is only a 3-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 12 minutes.

              Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City $106
              Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City

              Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City

              33 Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dongcheng, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen, and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are also within 3 mi (5 km). Wangfujing Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 12 minutes.

                The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments $126
                The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments

                The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments

                North Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dongcheng, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Changpu River Park, and National Museum of China. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wangfujing Station is only a 3-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 14 minutes.