One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen Square has played host to some of the most significant events in Chinese history. It lies at the geographical center of Beijing. Built in 1651, the square used to contain imperial offices inside of the Forbidden City between two large gates: Tian'anmen to the north, and Qianmen to the south. The square is an area of 440,000 square meters, and it can hold about one million people in its gates. The Tiananmen Rostrum on the north side is an impressive sight, while the National Museum of China on the east side attracts many people each day. Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Heroes are located in the center of the square. In 1949, the People's Republic of China was founded here. Today, visitors enjoy the impressive towers, monuments, halls, and it is possible to watch the Chinese flag-raising ceremony.
Opening Hours: Whole day.
Entrance Ticket: Free.
Address: Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Duration: 1-2 hours