Tian An Men Square a day before the 16Th Party Congress in 2002. Police Busses dot the square, visitors bags are checked.
The Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution and the Great Hall of the Peoples in the distance.
( Photo taken from Tian An men Square's Eastern Flank in front of the Museum of the Revolution and Chinese History )
Tian An Men , or the Gate of Heavenly Peace at DongChangÁn Jie and TiananMen Squares Northern Flank. Behind the traffic at Beijing's busiest avenue , TiananMen and the Southern Buildings of the Forbidden City are clearly visible.
Welcome to the world famous and renowned TiananMen Square , the Square of Heavenly Peace at the political heart of China's People's Republic. Monuments include remnants of the Former Front Gate, The Great Hall of The People, The National Museum, The Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution, the China National Flag, TiananMen The Gate and ofcourse the Famed Mao Zedong Memorial Mausoleum. Walk around the largest square parading ground in the World and enjoy the sights, sounds & scenes.
A map of the wider TiananMen Square area plus Forbidden City Area and surroundings. A map of the wider Palace Museum / Forbidden City area , with the Palace Moat, Zhongshan Park and the Park of the Peoples Culture Included. Very Accurate Map of The Imperial Palace Museum Grounds, including names of all Pavillions and the area of Zhongshan Park and the Park of the Peoples' Culture
(Both between TiananMen en Wumen Gate)
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Minority Delegates posing in front of The Great Hall of the Peoples before session of the Peoples Consultative Conference.
The National Museum of China was untill recently known as the combined Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Revolution. In the past it was a secluded place where foreign visitors had to make an appointment that was never truely finalyzed. Inside the virtues of Communism were exhalted and Leaders of the Revolution such as Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and others deitified. During the early years of the current 21st Century the Museum saw a drastic overhaul and renaming to the current Title as the National Museum of China at TiananMen Square. Re-opened since 2003 AD the entire building and exhibitions have seen such huge numbers of visitors as well as new specimens of historic finds to preserve and then display, the Museum is already expanding. In the coming 3 years the National Museum will retain it's classical front and exterior, but will be expanded with some modern features that will turn the new enlarged building in Tune with the demands of modern times, allowing for more and better storage space for artifacts, larger exhibitions and no doubt a steadily growing number of visitors. Find out The Details in the Full Photo filled Report.
Located along the Western and Eastern Flanks of the Square of Heavenly Peace stand two gargantuan buildings. These two Grandiose Monuments are The Great Hall of the Peoples, in the West and the National Museum on the Eastern Flank.
From North to South, the Flanks of the Square of Heavenly Peace measure 880 meters.
On the Western Flank of the Square of Heavenly Peace, 356 meters of these are taken up by the Great Hall of the People. The Great Hall is located in the North Section of the West Flank and bordered in the South by Great Hall of the Peoples West Street at the Western End of which recently arose the National Theatre. To the South of this street stands the historic Bank of China building, south of which is another road, after which follows a space where untill recently only stood some small shops catering to Tourists. In the far South-West corner of The Square of Heavenly Peace reconstructions are ongoing, but until November 2007 AD, it was the location of a Tour Bus Terminal.
Recently renovated, the "Great Hall" (2007) is China's People's Democratic Parliament (one party system) and one of the Main Components in the Architectural and Propaganda Masterpiece of Greater Tian'AnMen Square. Together with it's near twin, the former Museum of the Revolution and the Museum Of Chinese History, the The Great Hall of the People architecturally functions as a solid-looking counter balance to the large Empty Space of this Largest Square in the World, and acts to counter-balance the Monuments of the Central Line.
The grandure and sheer size of both buildings seems envelop the visitor in an awareness of Power and Possibility, while free to Move among the various Monuments, gigantic by themselves, inside the spacious square.
Western and Eastern Flanks of TiananMen Square
The now famed Olympic Games Countdown Clock positioned on the Steps of the National Museum along the Eastern Flank of TiananMen Square.
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The Square of Heavenly Peace is located at the very Center of the City of Beijing, just South of The Palace Museum.
The Square can be accessed from all directions, North-South and West through several pathways and is reachable by Bus, Metro/Subway, Car or Taxi, Rickshaw or Bicycle and on Foot. Some daring Tourist have even been spotted on Skates, but this is hardly advisable with current traffic levels.
The Only Thing to Remember is that no vehicles are alllowed to stop, drop off passengers or park immediately at TiananMen Square, TianAnMen Gate, or the two flanks formed by the Great Hall and the National Museum. There are no Bus Stops at the Square nor a Subway Station. In other words - you can get there, but you can't get off.
The Easiest Road to The Square of Heavenly Peace
therefor leads by Subway. Get off conveniently near the Square by traveling on the Central Red Line to TiananMen East- or West-Stations, or by the Circular Blue line to end up at QianMen Station, on the very southern Tip of TiananMen Square.
Please use the Below Satellite Image based Map of the Square of Heavenly Peace to navigate the Square, Monuments and various roads leading to and from the Square.
Welcome to our Main Report and Menu Page on the Peoples-Democratic Parliament of China, housed inside The Great Hall of The Peoples of China (Renmin DaHui Tang). Starting at The Square, there is an Introduction to the Building Architecture and Construction at TiananMen Square, a walk around the surrounding Lanes ( South and Back ) complemented by a complete virtual walk through the Great Hall Interior. Enjoy Day light photos from around the Building and view the Great Halls Evening illumination.
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A View at the Square of Heavenly Peace, from the 1st Floor of Ming Tien Coffee Language, a now closed establishment with a certain grandeur.
A Historic Black & White Photo of the Northern Section of Square of Heavenly Peace in 1979 AD. The Photo was taken from the Rostrum of The Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Click through adjacent Links to learn more about the Largest Square in the World and World History.
The Great Hall of the People is a gargantuan Palace of Politics and the historic power center of Communist China's State Machinery functioning as the National Parliament.
It was constructed in the Late 1950's, astoundingly in the short space of only 10 months. All work for the construction was done by Volunteers, who worked hard to see the huge building completed in 1959 AD in Time for the Celebrations of the 10Th Anniversary of the establishment of The Peoples Republic of China.
Reflecting the Optimism and Great Ambitions of the Young and New State at the Time, the resulting building measures a staggering 356 meters in length and 206.5 meters in width, with the Front Entrance annex Gate in the center of the building peaking at 46.5 meters.
With the opening of "The Great Hall", the new Nation under the Leadership of the Communist Party, had it's very own modern parliament where the many representatives of the People were to gather and debate. The Huge Parliament Building has seen many intesting developments, critical debates and heated scenes since.
Of the 880 Meters of the Eastern Flank of the Square of Heavenly Peace, 313 Meters are taken up by the National Museum (formerly The Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History).
The Western Flank starts in the North with the exits of the pedestrian walkway passing underneath Eternal Peace Avenue from the North Side and Tai Miao Gate to the North
Further South of the stairs to DongJiaoMin Xiang stand more clothing and tourist shops, leading down to the South-East Corner where another pedestrian
A View of the Central Section of the Square of heavenly Peace, giving full view of the Monument of the Heroes of the Revolution and the 313 Meter long front of the National Museum (Photo April 2005 AD).
A Traffic Policemen controls Traffic at the Eastern Flank of The Square of Heavenly Peace.
View of the Illuminated Western Flank of The Square of Heavenly Peace, with the brightly shining Red Star of the Bank of China and beyond the long facade of The Great Hall of The People. Photo: November 2004 AD.
Opportunities Hallway and More. On the Return Route, after exiting between the Massive Purple Marbled Pillars of the Central Front Doors and descending the stairs, there is a Final Treat awaiting in the Shape of the Grand Brands of China Exhibition. Housed inside a Tunnel in front of the Great Hall, The Grand Brands of China Exhibitions feature the most famous and highest quality products, divided by the Province or Autonomous Region where they are produced. It is a unique way to explore the Cultural Aspects of the Chinese Nation, and a Fun way to End your extensive Tour of the Giant "Great Hall" and get a nice souvenir.
For those with a fondness of reminiscing on the bygone days of
The Great Hall of the Peoples can be visited. Find the Ticket Office and Depository for Bags around the South-East
Currently expanding with a new and modern styled Facade combined with it's Historic Front at TiananMen Square, the National Museum is the newly blossoming National Collection of Cultural and Historical Treasures, the Nation's archeological depository filled with the 5000 Years of Chinese Civilization and substantial Prehistory.
Until recently, the Front of the National Museum on the Square of Heavenly Peace also was the location of the Official (and 1st) Olympic Countdown Clock. An Electronic Clock set on the top of the Stairs of the Museum, which counted down to the Opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, set for 8 Minutes past 8, on the Evening of August the 8Th of the year 2008 AD. The Clock, now removed, became one of the smaller symbols of China's enthusiasm the host this world event.
Crowds descending the Stairs of The Great Hall of The People, after an evening session in November 2007 AD.
the Cold War Era, in which they themselves may have played their role, a visit to the Great Hall of the People is Great Way to add to the already joyful and impressive experience of a visit to The Square of Heavenly Peace, China's symbolic and practical Political Center.
After so many years, to them the opportunity to be able to go inside of that Grand Hall, once the distant and forbidden, far away center of Communist Cookery where Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, -pictured in black and white images through the world's first television sets-, issued their decrees to the rubber stamp parliament and the staggering Masses of what seemed a far away, hostile, mass populated and alien nation, is very much like a one way trip to the Moon itself. Relive the memories of the Nixon Visit the Beijing in 1971 AD with a walk around the Banquet Hall able to hold 5000 seated Guests, have yourself photographed at the Photo-Opportunity Hallway and marvel at the lighted red star in the Ceiling of the Grand Auditorium, the historic Parliament Hall.
Go Inside The Great Hall of the People in order to enjoy all of it for yourself. Just remember to bring your ID/Passport, and leave your bag at home or at the storage point. After passing through the necessary security check, the guided tour & guides await !
The Next Monument of The Square of Heavenly Peace stands on the Opposite Side of The Great Hall of The People in the East. This the former building of The Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History, that has recently been remolded into the Modern National Museum.
Historically, the Museum was one of the Major Elements of the Communist Propaganda Showcase that the Square of Heavenly Peace was in it's heydays of the Post-Revolution. For a long time under strict Control of the Ministry of Information (I.e. The propaganda Office), the entire exhibition space was dedicated to the various stages of the "Socialist Revolution in China" explained along fundamentalist Marxist-Leninist Lines of thought.
This is where the fundamentals of the Parties versions of Historic Events were glorified and displayed as important lessons for the common People.
Interestingly, in the Cold War Past and far into the 1980's the Museum was off-limits to Foreigners, who had to ask for express permission for entrance in written form. During the 1990's the Museum was usually closed, and during the intervals only relatively small historic exhibits were displayed.
In 2003 AD, the Old Museums and their out-dated Exhibitions on Socialism and China were done away with, introducing the National Museum, an organization looking to an ambitious Future.
To Great Hall of the Peoples West Street (Renmin Dahui Tang Xi Lu) and the National Theatre.
Easily navigate the various sections of the Square of Heavenly Peace using below Satellite Image and Pages with Fully detailed Descriptions of the 4 Section of North, South, Flanks and the Area around the South of the Giant Square, starting in the North and Ending Up in the very South around the Former Front Gate of the Imperial Capital of Emperors !