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Tiananmen, Tiananmen Square is a symbol of China, located in the center of Beijing. As one of the famous Beijing attractions, Tiananmen Square is huge open space surrounded on all sides by imposing official buildings.  Apart from being a popular gathering place for tourists and kite flyers, it is still often used for any big celebration and for the government leaders to address the people. 

 

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Tiananmen Square - Beijing Attractions

 

 

It was first built in 1417 and was originally called the Gate of Heavenly Succession(Chengtianmen),which served as the main entrance to the former Imperial City. The name was changed to Tiananmen when it was rebuilt in 1651. The river in front of Tiananmen is called Outer Golden River (jing shui he), spanning over the Golden River are 5 whhite marble stone bridges.

 

 

History of Beijing attraction - Tiananmen Square

 

Early in the Ming Dynasty, a wooden memorial gate covered in yellow-glazed tiles was built on the present site. Known as the Gate of Receiving Grace from Heaven (Chengtianmen), it burned down, and was later rebuilt in 1465 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Xianzong.
At the end of the dynasty, when the peasant leader Li Zicheng, who had defeated Ming forces, was driven out by Qing troops, many buildings were destroyed. The Gate of receiving Grace from Heaven burned again, leaving only the foundation of its walls.
In 1651, under the Qing Emperor Shunzhi, the gate tower was rebuilt in the original style and renamed Tian'anmen -- the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Today it retains the basic character of the early Qing gate.\

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Tiananmen Square - Beijing Attractions

 

 

 Visiting Reference of Beijing attraction -Tiananmen Square

 

Getting to Tiananmen Square is best done by subway or walking as taxis are not really allowed to stop anywhere near it.  The are two subway stations on line 1, Tiananmen East (116) and Tiananmen West (117).  They are both inconveniently situated a 5 to 7 minute walk away from the center of the square so there is no best station.  Walking from the south entrance to Wangfujing Street takes about 20 minutes and is very pleasant.  Just find the Beijing Hotel on Changan Avenue, walk past it and keep going west on Changan Avenue.
Entry ticket for the rostrum: 15 yuan;
Address: On the Chang’an Boulevard, west of Wangfujing;
Traffic: Subway Line 1, Bus No.s 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 22, 52, 57, or walk over from Qianmen or Wangfujing.

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