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Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

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windykaty's pictureby windykaty Sightseeing travel tip
added on the 14th of September, 2010
The square is one of the most visited sights in Beijing, if not in China. It is a huge place, filled with locals and tourists alike and is the favored place of kite-fliers. You can watch many children running around, flying their kites.

Visiting the square both by day and at night is worth your time, because in any time of the day, the place is just spectacular. At night, the surrounding official buildings are all lit up, and surround the square in a flood of light. You should be careful though not to stay after 10:30pm, because otherwise you will be escorted out by soldiers, who come to close up the park for night.

What I would recommend to watch is the raising of the flag at the front of the square at sunrise or at sunset. It is a great event, because the traffic is halted, soldiers march up ceremoniously to the square to hoist the flag up or down the pole. You should watch it, though try to arrive early so can be in front of the crowd. :)

Center of Beijing

Free for square visiting

Opening Hours:
During the day.

How to get there:
By various buses (no. 1, 4, 10, 22, 52 or 57) or by subway 1, 2.

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