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Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square: The Bleeding Heart of China

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A November 2007 trip to Beijing by Mutt

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Quote: Since the Communist revolution of 1949 this massive public square has been the political heart of the People’s Republic.

Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square: The Bleeding Heart of China

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Overview

Tiananmen Square Photo, Beijing, China
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As the world’s largest public space (500m x 800m) Tian'anmen Square inexorably draws people in by virtue of its sheer size alone but once there the dull grey square (constructed to rigid socialist aesthetics) under equally dull grey skies (which obscure any chance of appreciating its grandeur) would seem to contain little to hold them, but look beyond the smog obscured edges of the square for some of the cities most important sites.To it’s north beyond the great ...Read More

Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum

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Attraction | "Chairman Mao Memorial Hall"

Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum Photo, Beijing, China
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"Long live the great leader and mentor Chairman Mao"In pride of place at the foot of Tian’anmen Square stand a rather ugly squat little building that houses, for the time being at least, the mortal remains of a rather ugly squat little man who still dominates the ideology of the New China he created.Mao Zedong grew up in the rural communities of southern China where his ideology was formed. In 1921 he was one of the founders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and he rose up through it’s ranks without ever t...Read More

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Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum
Chang An Avenue
Beijing, China 100006
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The Great Hall of the People

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Attraction | "Great Hall of the People"

The Great Hall of the People Photo, Beijing, China
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This mighty parliament building is at the heart of the country’s political life playing hosts to the most important administrative and ceremonial functions of both the People’s Republic of China and the Communist Party of China (although the two are often indistinguishable in New China).The Great Hall of the People (daily 9am-3pm, ¥30) was built in 1959 as one of the Ten Great Construction erected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Communist revolution. The 46.5m high building covers 171,800m2 and was completed by volunteers in just 10 months after the original Russian designers left following deteriorations in Sino-Soviet relations. The imposing edifice f...Read More

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The Great Hall of the People
West side of Tiananmen Square
Beijing, China

Front Gate (Qianmen Gate)

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Attraction | "Qianmen (Front Gate)"

Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) Photo, Beijing, China
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The mighty Qianmen guards the Southern side of Tian’anmen Square and was once open only to the Emperor himself on his way to and from the winter solstice ceremony at the Temple of Heaven or his inspection tours of the southern regions.This magnificent structure dates from 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) and was one of the original nine gates that were built into the great defensive wall that separated the inner city of the ruling class from the outer city of the common Han Chinese people beyond. The gate was badly dam...Read More

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Front Gate (Qianmen Gate)

Beijing, China

Tiananmen Square

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Attraction | "Tian’anmen Square"

Tiananmen Square Photo, Beijing, China
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Indelibly seared into the minds of the world by the events of 1989, this mighty square has reaffirmed its position as the spiritual heart of New China.The iconic image of a benign looking Chairman Mao gazes over the square from its head at Tian’anmen, the great gate to the Forbidden City, after which it's named. The gate once looked out over imperial ministries but these were razed in the Boxer Rebellion (1899-01 CE) leaving this pu...Read More

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Tiananmen Square
Chang An Avenue
Beijing, China 100006