Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square

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Located in the heart of Beijing City, it is the site for massive parades and rallies, which is the largest square of this kind in the world.

Tiananmen Square is surrounded by Tiananmen ( Gate of Heaven Peace ) on its north ; the Great Hall of the People on its west, the meeting place of national people’s congress of the People’s Republic of China.

On the east of Tiananmen Square is the National Museum of China, and visiting the exhibition is like reading concise China General History; there is Monument to the People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum on the south.

At sunrise and sunset the raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag is well worth the watching. The precision of the young troops is very well performed.

Go there about 30 minutes early to have a good seat. Spend the time to see the people (soldiers, tourists and locals) makes the square a true highlight for the first time visitors.

How to Get There
Tiananmen Square: Free
Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace): RMB 20
The Great Hall of the People: RMB 15
Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum: Free
The National Museum of China: Free

Travel time: 2-4 hours
Taking Buses: Take No.1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 bus and get off at Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men stop.
Take subway: Subway line 1 and get off at East Tiananmen Square

Visiting the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
Usually you have to queue up for visiting the mausoleum especially on Chinese public holidays. Some important tips before you decide to join the crowd lining up.

1) You have to deposit any bags and cameras in a storage place next to the National Museum of China (to the east of the square).
2)You need to show your passport for entry (although sometimes your passport is not checked).
3) Wearing flip flop sandals is just all right though not encouraged. You don’t have to buy shoes on the spot.
4) Remember to be respectful when visiting, not to run, shout (or even talk) and photographs are a complete no-no.
5) Opening Time: 8:0am-12:00am Tue-Sun ( but it will change with different tourism season )Mausoleum of Mao Zedong Admission is free. As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum.

The deposit is not free. Kind reminder: be vigilant on fake helpers and officials around Mao’s Tomb who are trying to rip you off by charging you exorbitantly for storing your bags or cameras. The charges on deposit locker listed as below:

1. Storage charge for cameras
One-time cameral: CNY2
Normal camera: CNY3
Long lens camera, Laptop, Video camera

2. Storage charge for bags
Less than 20 cm: CNY2
20cm – 30cm: CNY3
30cm – 40cm: CNY4
40cm – 50cm: CNY5
50cm – 60cm: CNY6
60cm – 70cm: CNY7
70cm – 80cm: CNY8
80cm – 100cm: CNY10

Notice to Mao Zedong Mausoleum Visitors

Queue up for visiting Mao Zedong Mausoleum

A sign pointing to the locker service where you deposit your bags

Tips for Visiting Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Seeing the National Flag Ceremony
A group of soldiers of guard of honor come through the gate of Tiananmen Tower, south of the Forbidden City. The whole ceremony lasts only 3 minutes.

They time the flag raising at the exact moment of sunrise. You can check the timetable for flag raising and See Sunrise National Flag Raising Ceremony for more information.

Toilets on the Square
If you drink too much water and want to use a toilet, don’t worry. There are two toilets adjoining the National Museum of China on the east of Tiananmen Square.

So you just go out of the east exit and move on directly to the toilets in the annex to the museum.

Drinks and Food Selling
If you feel thirsty or hungry, you can easily get what you want from the food and beverage store on the wheels in the square. Don’t litter.

Tiananmen Square Hotlines
Tiananmen Square Administration Committee: 65118600
Tiananmen Police: 65129617
Tiananmen Ambulance: 999, 120

By the way, before you enter Tiananmen Square for a short visit, you may first visit Qianmen Street, a renovated old commercial street; after Tiananmen Square, you may continue to walk in the north direction to visit Forbidden City.

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

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8 Responses to “Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square”

  1. Roberto Garcia says:

    Dear People from China Travel, we will be arriving Beijing on Wednesday November 30, at 3:20pm and leaving at 12 midnight same day what kind of tours do you have that we can enjoy at that time?, or what do you recommend for us?.

    Roberto Garcia

  2. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Roberto Garcia,

    Thanks for your inquiry! Your request has been sent to our service center. One of our staff members will contact you on this Monday. Much appreciated for your patience!

  3. Margaret Lewis says:

    When would be the best time of the year to go to China to see Beijing, the Great Wall Tiananmen Square and other sights.

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Margaret Lewis,

    Thanks for your inquiry! I think autumn is the best time of the year: September – Mid November.

    For more information, please check out the link below:

  5. Dipti Das says:

    I came to Beijing alone, can I have a day trip with other people?

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Dipti Das,

    You can join other tourists on daily group tours. Please check out the following link for more information:

    Have a good time in Beijing!

  7. Margaret says:

    Is it possible to hire or borrow a wheelchair? I just mean the type that someone can push me around.

  8. Daniel says:

    Dear Margaret,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Basically you can contact your hotel in Beijing for the rental of your wheelchair. Hope you have a nice time in Beijing!

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