A Visit to Tiananmen Square, Beijing – A Part of China’s Rich History

An iconic attraction in China, Tiananmen Square in Beijing is very much a part of the country’s history and heritage. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, it offers an enriching experience for those who visit.

Planning Your Visit

This attraction can be found in the heart of the capital, close to the famed Forbidden City. Around 20 minutes away from Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing, it can be easily reached by taxi, bus or subway. If you are staying at a nearby hotel or service apartment in Beijing, you can even choose to cycle there.

Monument to the People’s Heroes

China’s largest monument, this 37.94 metre structure takes the centre position in Tiananmen Square. Consisting of thousands of pieces of white marble and granite, the monument was built to commemorate those who gave their lives in the 19th and 20th centuries for the revolutionary struggle.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace

Once the front gate of the Forbidden City, this stunning structure has a colourful history and has a huge portrait of Mao Zedong which can be seen from outside. Made up of striking beams and fascinating paintwork this site also features imposing Ming stone lions which lend to its charm.

Mao Zedong Memorial Hall

Constructed in 1977, this hall was built in order to commemorate Chairman Mao, China’s founding leader. Visitors can explore this site where they will find a marble statue of the former leader, learn more about his life and even see the crystal cabinet where his preserved body lies.

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Temple of Heaven Park – A Beijing Attraction

Located in a busy Chinese urban setting, this park is an escape from the flurry and is a place that offers peace and tranquillity.


The temple was built to be used as a stage on which the emperors would perform their solemn rites, but over the years, it became an altar for prayers that asked for a good harvest year and sometimes, even an apology. Though it goes by the name, Temple of Heaven Park, it is not a typical setting that you would find in temples as there are no burning incense sticks or parishioners. Within the park, you can find many prayer halls and structures that symbolise the Chinese culture of eras gone.


The temple is in the busier parts of urban Beijing and is, therefore, close to any typical hotel or service apartment in Beijing. The entrances to the park are just a short drive away from places like Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing, for instance. The East Gate is where people usually line up at, to enter the park, but since the crowd always gets bigger over time, using the West Gate might be a good idea since the ticket queues are shorter at the latter gate.

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