Tiananmen Square/Tian An Men Square Across from Forbidden City. Known as the Eye of China, this is the fourth-largest public square in the world and dates from 1415. It can accommodate 1 million people. The world focused on this square during the bloody demonstrations of June 4, 1989.
Today it also holds some buildings, including the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall/Mao Mausoleum, which attracts long lines of people every day to see the chairman’s remains.
Everyone who visits the area must go through a security screening. During my group visit, I witnessed police in a loud altercation with a Chinese citizen who didn’t want his items to be checked. I don’t recommend attracting this kind of attention here.
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