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Tiananmen Square is a city square in the centre of Beijing named after the Tiananmen (‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Tiananmen Square is within the top ten largest city squares in the world. The square is lit with large lamp posts which are fitted with video cameras. It is heavily monitored by uniformed and plain-clothes police officers. Outside China, the square is best known for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or June Fourth Massacre.
- Together with the buildings in the surrounding, the square makes a very attractive point of interest.
- Trees line the east and west edges of the Square, but the square itself is open, with neither trees nor benches. This provides great visibility to the sunset during evenings.
- The square, located in the center of the city, is readily accessible by public transport. Line 1 of the Beijing Subway has stops at Tiananmen West and Tiananmen East, respectively, to the northwest and northeast of the square on Chang’an Avenue. Line 2’s Qianmen Station is directly south of the square. There are few dozens of bus routes available north and south of the square also.
- As a famous tourist attraction as well as for local citizens’ leisure, the square can often be filled with crowds. The square itself is very big though, meaning it is possible for you to avoid the crowd when you are hunting your sunset.
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