Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen square is huge. To the left, the Great Hall of the People and in the middle, the monument of the People's Heroes.  The tour didn't include the great hall.

Tiananmen square is huge. To the left, the Great Hall of the People and in the middle, the monument of the People’s Heroes. The tour didn’t include the great hall.

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)

Close up of the sculpture on the Monument of the People's Heroes

Close up of the sculpture on the Monument of the People’s Heroes

Monument in front of Mao's Mausoleum on Tiananmen Square

Monument in front of Mao’s Mausoleum on Tiananmen Square

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.

On the east side of the square is the National Museum of China.  Not included in the tour.  Racks of flowers and sculptures being prepared for the celebration.

On the east side of the square is the National Museum of China. Not included in the tour. Racks of flowers and sculptures being prepared for the celebration.

All the parts of the flowers seemed to be made of metal and they were being welded and airbrushed.  Hard hats in view, but not breathing masks.

All the parts of the flowers seemed to be made of metal and they were being welded and airbrushed. Hard hats in view, but not breathing masks.

These three were quite happy to pose.

These three were quite happy to pose.

A giant bowl for giant roses.

A giant bowl for giant roses.

Metal roses

Metal roses

The square is named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City.

Mao's portrait hangs on Tiananmen Gate.Do you like the coloured or B&W version better?

Mao’s portrait hangs on Tiananmen Gate.

Mao's portrait hangs on Tiananmen Gate.  Do you like the coloured or B&W version better?

Mao’s portrait hangs on Tiananmen Gate. Do you like the coloured or B&W version better?

Here we are assembling before being guided across the street and into our third site visit of the day.

This was one time we, Sinorama Bus 2, didn't get to wait in the shade. There was no shade in Tiananmen Square. This is a view of the square from the northeast corner looking southwest.

This was one time we, Sinorama Bus 2, didn’t get to wait in the shade. There was no shade in Tiananmen Square. This is a view of the square from the northeast corner looking southwest.

Next post: The Forbidden City.

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One comment on “Tiananmen Square

  1. Elaine Gaudet says:

    Beautiful and so glad to take the time to share with us. Tks

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