Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

Tiananmen Square, Beijing

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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.sunset

  • 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.

Tips & Sharing

Silhouette is your best friend when you need to hide details you don’t want. Tiananmen Square is a very spacious location, but this is China, there are a lot of people here. During the sunset evening, there are a lot of tourists sightseeing of course, but also a lot of locals enjoying themselves with their post dinner activities (oh yes, a lot of the Chinese have early dinner). Some may be flying kites (really worth checking out, often there are professionals flying 50m long dragon kite!), some practicing their sword dance, some doing their modern jogs, and others may be selling souvenirs to the tourists. If you like taking pictures with people as your subject and sunset in the background, this is a great location! But if you want just the sunset, then the advice is to turn everything into a silhouette, it helps not only to hide all the crowds but also helps strengthen the outline of the ancient Chinese architecture.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

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