Tiananmen, the front gate of the Forbidden City, is considered the center of Beijing. With its raised viewing balcony ... More
Tiananmen, the front gate of the Forbidden City, is considered the center of Beijing. With its raised viewing balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square, it was here on October 1, 1949 that Chairman Mao declared victory in China's long and brutal civil war. The gate's importance dates further back than the communist revolution. Built in 1417, the 34-meter (110-foot) high gate was the site of grand ceremonies and Confucian rituals during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The gate gets an occasional face lift, the last being about 20 years ago. Within the gate, visitors will find bright colored kiosks where they can dress as the emperor or empress and have a photo taken. Entrance into the Forbidden City can also be accessed inside the gate.
there is definitely the wow factor associated with Mao's portrait. after you get over that creepy feeling of Mao staring down at you, the desire to clutch your bag and avoid eye contact with others prevail due to the numerous beggars and shady looking characters (pickpockets and people trying to sell you junk).
this place was a place where we should bow our heads for the chinese nations of thier life in this maozidong. he is a wonderful man to be in this life and the people they may have sinned but they are still coming to this place to remember him. the beggers and pickpocketers have thier life in this and should be happy with thier life and what they recieved in thier life with god by thier sides. they may have done this for a living and someday if they pray to god they might recive the money they need to support them from the kind people in donations
If you are pressed for time, or have already toured the Forbidden City, check out the gardens outside. The tulips and peonies in April are great and there are childrens rides and performers throughout the outside of the park-like gardens.
It's right between the Forbidden city and Tiananmen square, so you can't miss going there. Not really much to do except some great crowd watching. Oh yeah and you can take the traditional picture of someone standing below the HUGE picture of Mao.
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