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The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

天安门广场Tiananmen Square was built after the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. Three gates between 天安门Tiananmen Gate and 前门Qian Men (Front Gate) were removed to expand the space for this public square. With its 440,000 square meter area, it is literally capable of packing a million people. In the summer you can expect a full square of people flying kites or, more often, sitting around; in the winter, however, there is not a kite. But whatever the time, once in Beijing city, it is difficult not come in contact with the square: It is a mecca and magnet that draws things and events to it.

天安门广场图片Tiananmen Square Pictures

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). It was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). It was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). It was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. The center lane was reserved for the emperor, and is closed to the public today.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). The gate was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. There had been numerous renovations on the gate since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). The gate was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. There had been numerous renovations on the gate since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). The gate was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. There had been numerous renovations on the gate since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). The gate was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. There had been numerous renovations on the gate since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen was built in 1417 during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644). The gate was originally named 承天门Chengtianmen, but the Qing emperor renamed it to its present name in 1651. There had been numerous renovations on the gate since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    One of the set of large characters gracing the facade of this gate. It reads "Long Live The People's Republlic of China"

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    One of the set of large characters on the gate's facade. It reads "Long Live World Unity"

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    The very large portrait of the revolutionary leader.

  • Picture of 天安门广场 Tiananmen Square

    Tiananmen Square in December

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    Tiananmen lit at night.

  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen
  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen
  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen
  • Picture of 天安门广场 Tiananmen Square

    girl posing with the chinese flag on the square

  • Picture of 天安门广场 Tiananmen Square

    kite flying is a popular pasttime in this big square.

  • Picture of 天安门广场 Tiananmen Square

    through the 天安门Tiananmen gate

  • Picture of 人民英雄纪念碑 Monument to the People's Heroes

    This large granite obelisk was completed in 1958. Its surfaces have bas-relief carvings and writings of important revolutionary events within the last hundred years in china. The large calligraphy are that of Mao Zedong. Also included are the calligraphy of Premier Zhou Enlai. The guarded monument sits on the center of the square.

  • Picture of 人民英雄纪念碑 Monument to the People's Heroes

    This large granite obelisk was completed in 1958. Its surfaces have bas-relief carvings and writings of important revolutionary events within the last hundred years in china. The large calligraphy are that of Mao Zedong. Also included are the calligraphy of Premier Zhou Enlai. The guarded monument sits on the center of the square.

  • Picture of 人民英雄纪念碑 Monument to the People's Heroes

    This large granite obelisk was completed in 1958. Its surfaces have bas-relief carvings and writings of important revolutionary events within the last hundred years in china. The large calligraphy are that of Mao Zedong. Also included are the calligraphy of Premier Zhou Enlai. The guarded monument sits on the center of the square.

  • Picture of 人民英雄纪念碑 Monument to the People's Heroes

    This large granite obelisk was completed in 1958. Its surfaces have bas-relief carvings and writings of important revolutionary events within the last hundred years in china. The large calligraphy are that of Mao Zedong. Also included are the calligraphy of Premier Zhou Enlai. The guarded monument sits on the center of the square.

  • Picture of 天安门广场 Tiananmen Square

    Stature of revolutionaries.

  • Picture of 箭楼 Jiang Lou

    前门Qian Men consisted of two towers:Jian lou and Zhengyang Men. Jian Lou is the southern tower.

  • Picture of 正阳门 Zhengyang Men

    前门Qian Men consisted of two towers:Jian lou and Zhengyang Men. Zhengyang Men is the northern tower. Completed in 1440 during the Ming Dynasty. It is the tallest of the nine major gates constructed about the same time.

  • Picture of 箭楼 Jiang Lou

    前门Qian Men consisted of two towers:Jian lou and Zhengyang Men. Jian Lou is the southern tower.

  • Picture of 正阳门 Zhengyang Men

    前门Qian Men consisted of two towers:Jian lou and Zhengyang Men. Zhengyang Men is the northern tower.

image of people on a boat in the Three Gorges area of the Changjiang river area

See the 三峡Three Gorges of the 长江Changjiang (Yangzi River) between 重庆市Chongqing city and 宜昌Yichang.

image of a group of Mongolian gersimage of dunes near Baotou city

Enjoy the wide 希拉穆仁草原Xilamuren grassland, the huge dunes of 响沙湾Xiangshawan, and the ancient Wall of the Qin state in 内蒙古Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia).

image of an old man looking toward Shanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skylineShanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skyline

上海Shanghai: Today, the financial center of China as well as one of its cultural centers. Fashion lovers, misfits, intelectuals, dreamers, refugees, outcasts, and outlaws alike rush to Shanghai for its haven and riches. You come to Shanghai not for any historical attractions, but rather for the city itself -- its interactions of all things good and bad that generate hot gossips.

image of Tulufan's Emin MinaretPortriat of a Uygur girl in 二堡乡 Erbaoxiang

See 吐鲁番Tulufan's well-known attractions -- 苏公塔Sugonta (Emin Minaret), 高昌城Gaochang Ruins, and 火焰山Huoyan Shan (Flaming Mountains).

Travelogues and travel notes.

image of Wudangshan temple

The extraordinary temple complex in 湖北Hubei's legendary Daoist mountains - the source of much of China's famed 功夫Gongfu tradition.