Tiananmen Square is a large square in the center of Beijing – at 109 acres, the third largest city square in the world. It was the site of several important events in Chinese history but, outside China, the square is best known as the focal point of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a pro-democracy movement which ended on June 4, 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing and the death of undocumented numbers of civilians.
The Great Hall of the People is the political hub of China and home of the National People’s Congress which meets there for about three weeks every March. Each province, special administrative region, and autonomous region of China has its own hall inside with each having the unique characteristics of the province or city, and furnished according to the local style. (Wikipedia)
When we were there on September 21, they were preparing for the October 1 celebration of the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The square is named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City.
Here we are assembling before being guided across the street and into our third site visit of the day.
Next post: The Forbidden City.