The Tiananmen square (天安门广场, Tiān'ānmén Guǎngchǎng in Chinese) is a large square in the centre of Beijing, south of the Tiananmen gate ("Gate of Heavenly Peace"), a gate in the wall of the Imperial City. It has great cultural significance because it has been the site of several key events in Chinese history. The square measures 880 metres from south to north and 500 metres from east to west and is the largest open urban square in the world. The Tiananmen Gate was built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty. The Tiananmen square was originally designed and built in 1651 and was enlarged four times over the centuries. On the eastern side of the Tiananmen square lies the National museum of China, while on the western side there is the Great hall of the people.

01 Pavement 02 Tiananmen gate 03 Tiananmen gate
04 Marching policemen 05 Marching policemen 06 Great hall of the people
07 National museum of China 08 Great hall of the people
09 Red flags 10 Red flags 11 Tiananmen square 12 Tiananmen gate and flag
13 Mao and the policeman 14 Tiananmen square 15 Trees 16 War memorial monument
17 War memorial monument
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