Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tian'an-men Square ,天安门广场, China

Tian'an-men (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square is the symbol of the People's Republic of China, which is the central design of the national emblem. In the Yuan Dynasty the main southern gate of the capital Dadu was Lizheng Gate, which was the location of the today's Tian'an-men Gate. The square is 880 metres (2887 feet) south to north and 500 metres (1640 feet) east to west, a total area of 440,000 square metres (108.7 acres), which makes it the largest open-urban square in the world.

Group photo in Tian'an-men Square

The Monument to the People's Heroes, 38-metre (125-foot) high, the Monument built in memory of the martyrs who laid down their lives for the revolutionary struggle of the Chinese people during the 19th and 20th century

The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall - the final resting place of Chairman Mao's embalmed body and on display for public viewing. People queue up for hundreds of metres every day to see the former chairman, many paying tribute to him with flowers that can be rented at the entrance on the north side.
The Great Hall of the people is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. It functions as China's parliament building.

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