About Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square also called the Square of Heavenly Peace, is located in the centre and is undoubtedly one of the most iconic attractions of Beijing. The inner-city square was built in 1958 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of China Republic. Designed to hold a million people, it is famous for the monument of People's Heroes, The Tiananmen Gate or the main entrance to the imperial city and Zhengyangmen, which leads to the southernmost gate of the Square.
Located in the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the most central city square best known for its students-led-pro-democracy demonstrations in the late Eighties; it was also in this very location that the  People's Republic of China was proclaimed giving birth to a new era and new political views. Commemorative monuments, museums, and mausoleums are the protagonist of this rather large plaza which hosts great cultural and historic significance.


Must See

  • Chinese Ancient Style Architecture
  • The Great Hall of the People
  • The National Museum of China
  • Architectural Buildings.

How to reach

By Subway
1. Take Subway Line 1 to Tiananmen Dong or Tiananmen Xi Station.
2. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station. Get out from Exit A or B and walk north.

By Bus
1. Take Bus 1, 5, 52, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Sightseeing Bus Line 2, or Tourist Bus Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen Xi.
2. Take Bus 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 120, Sightseeing Bus Line 2 or Tourist Bus 2 to Tiananmen Dong. 
3. Take Bus 2, 5, 120, or Sightseeing Bus Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Dong (Tiananmen Square East).
4. Take Bus 120 or Sightseeing Bus Line 2 to Tiananmen Guangchang Xi (Tiananmen Square West).

From City Center

It is 5.7 kms away from the city center.
You can reach there by Taxi, Bus, or, Subway.
Subway: Take Beijing subway Line 1 to Tian'anmen East Station or Tian'anmen West Station, or Line 2 to Qianmen Station.
Bus: At present, there are 3 sightseeing buses introduced to tourist in Beijing, both sightseeing bus Line 1 and Line 2 go to Tian'anmen Square.
Taxi Fare: 30yuan
Bus Fare: 5yuan
Subway Fare: 20yuan


  • Make sure you reach the middle of Tiananmen Square before sunrise for the flag-raising ceremony.
  • With extra time on hand, enjoy looking at the Great Hall of the People and monuments of People's Heroes and Memorial Hall.
  • For photo opportunities, the best site is the entrance of the Forbidden City with Mao's portrait in the background.
  • The queue to get into the square will start across the road if it's a busy day.
  • Visitors to the mausoleum cannot take anything with them except for their wallet and phone.
  • There is a little cabin to utilize for bag storage.
  • Don't be surprised if Chinese tourists try to talk to you. In most cases, they probably just want to take a photo with a foreigner,  as it is a lovely memory of their trip.
  • Don't take prohibited items into the square, such as a knife or other items that are regarded as being dangerous to the public.
  • Don't talk about sensitive political issues. 
  • Don't buy wine from local stores, If they don't store it right, it will taste bad.
  • Go with a guide as you bypass the queues, otherwise, you could have a long wait.
  • Bring an umbrella or hat as there is no shade. 
  • Come in late at night when the square is closed to the public and all lit up. It is closed but you can walk alongside it and look from behind the barriers. It really is awesome.
  • Don't miss the National Museum of China located on the east side of Tiananmen Square.


Visit Time

Tiananmen Tower

Sunday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Monday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Thursday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

For Great Hall of the People

December to March

Sunday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Monday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Thursday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Friday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Saturday: 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

April to June

Sunday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Monday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Thursday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Friday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Saturday: 8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

July to August

Sunday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Monday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Thursday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Friday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Saturday: 07.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

September to December

Sunday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Monday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Thursday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Friday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Saturday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

For Mao Zedong Memorial Hall

Sunday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m

Monday: 08.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Tuesday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Wednesday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Thursday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Friday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Saturday: 08.30 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

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Tiananmen Tower - CNY 15

Great Hall of the People - CNY 30

Mao Zedong Memorial Hall - Free


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