Tiananmen Square

Attraction

Tiananmen Square - Beijing

Feel history surround you in this vast square that has seen so many definitive events over the years; from the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949 to the tragic pro-democracy protests of the 1980's. 

Found in the heart of Beijing, the remarkable Tiananmen Square welcomes thousands of visitors each day, and was originally built in the early 1400's as the front door to the Forbidden City. At the north end of the square, you'll find the Tiananmen Tower, built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty. Until 1911, entrance to the tower was strictly prohibited to anyone but the royal family and important aristocrats, and it became an iconic symbol of modern Chinese power. Today, the tower is flanked by two huge stone lions, known for their spiritual significance, and is one of the most popular attractions in Tiananmen Square.

During your visit, you can also see the Great Hall of the People, home to a regal banqueting hall and the Great Auditorium, along with the National Museum of China that's well worth a visit.

If you arrive at the square before sunrise, you'll get to see the famous flag-raising ceremony, where the guard of honour raises the Chinese flag high in the sky for all to see.