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Tiananmen Square

From national celebrations to mass protests, Beijing’s main square has been the scene of many of China’s most important gatherings and is a must-see for any visitor.

Tiananmen Square is one of the most iconic – and biggest – squares in the world. Palatial gates, ancient architecture and fascinating history draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from China and beyond. This gigantic plaza is at the heart of Beijing in more ways than one and is enclosed by many of the city’s most important attractions.

At 44 hectares, Tiananmen Square is the 4th largest square in the world and its scale is matched only by the splendour of the surrounding architecture. To the north and south lie the magnificent imperial gates, the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Gate) and the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate). The seat of the Chinese government, the Great Hall of the People, is located to the west and the National Museum of China is to the east.

At the centre of the square is the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, in front of which you’ll more than likely find tourists and locals having their picture taken at the Monument to the People’s Heroes. Stepping inside the hall you can join the queues to see the mummified remains of Mao Zedong, China’s famous communist leader who died in 1976. It’s an eerie but unforgettable experience, filing past the body (or a wax replica, depending on who you believe) of one of the 20th century’s great figures.

The square is most famous in the Western world as being the site of the pro-democracy student uprising in 1989 which was brutally put down by the government, and this history of protest in the square has meant that there is a heavy security presence at all times, with security cameras, metal detectors and plenty of police officers.

The atmosphere is very friendly despite this and it’s a pleasant place to stroll around at your own pace. You can pose for photos or even buy a kite from one of the many vendors. Tiananmen Square is on nearly all major bus routes and is served by three different subway stations – Tiananmen East, Tiananmen West and Qianmen Station.


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Hilton Beijing Wangfujing AU$202
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dengshikou Station is 8 minutes by foot and Wangfujing Station is 11 minutes.

    Hooray Yangqiao Beijing
    Hooray Yangqiao Beijing

    Hooray Yangqiao Beijing

    No.88, Majiapu Dongli, fengtai district, Beijing
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Street and Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City and Tiananmen are also within 2 miles (3 km). Wangfujing Station is 6 minutes by foot and Chongwenmen Station is 10 minutes.

      Grand Hyatt Beijing AU$202
      Grand Hyatt Beijing

      Grand Hyatt Beijing

      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.

        Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
        Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

        Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

        1 Nanwanzi Hutong, Nanheyan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 1 mile (2 km). Wangfujing Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 11 minutes.

          Home Inn Dabeiyao
          Home Inn Dabeiyao

          Home Inn Dabeiyao

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

            Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zhongnanhai, Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen. Forbidden City and The Palace Museum are also within 1 mile (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 Downtown Beijing, 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.

              Grand Hotel Beijing
              Grand Hotel Beijing

              Grand Hotel Beijing

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

                Located in Downtown Beijing, 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 mile (2 km). Wangfujing Station is only a 4-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 10 minutes.

                Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel
                Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel

                Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel

                1 Denglong Ku Hutong Nanchizi, Beijing
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Beijing, 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 mile (2 km). Tian'anmen East Station is 10 minutes by foot and Wangfujing Station is 14 minutes.