Holidays in Tiananmen Square

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Tiananmen Square featuring an administrative building and heritage architecture

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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1047 Cheap Hotels Near Tiananmen Square

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$103 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Downtown Beijing, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, National Museum of China and Qianmen Street. Tiananmen Square and Beijing ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
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"Good Hotel. Location is good too. 20 min walk from Tiananmen Square. Clean and friendly service"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2021

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
Fully refundable
The price is AU$261 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. The Wangfujing Paleolithic Museum and National Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (690 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2021

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$199 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (751 reviews)
"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
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Top Tiananmen Square Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$103 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$261 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$199 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
North Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
The price is AU$214 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
Beijing Grand Hotel
Beijing Grand Hotel
3.5 out of 5
35 Changan East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Hebei
Beijing Grand Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
5 out of 5
57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$210 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$135 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Novotel Beijing Peace
Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
5 out of 5
33 Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$223 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
The Ashar Hotel Beijing
The Ashar Hotel Beijing
No. 130 Chaoyangmen Nei Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The Ashar Hotel Beijing
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.