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Gate of Heavenly Peace, {CATEGORY}

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 occassional face lift, the last being about 20 years ago. Within the gate visitors will find bright colored kiosks and stand where they can dress as the emperor or emperess and have a photo taken. Entrance into the Forbidden City can also be accessed inside the gate.

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Address: North End Of Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 11 1000

City: Beijing

Country: China

Phone 1: +86 10 8119 1011

Email: dongcheng@bjta.gov.cn

Opening hours: 8am-4:30pm in summer. 8:30am-4pm in winter

Entrance fee: Admission ¥20 ($2.65/£1.35) in summer, ¥15 ($2/£1) in winter

More info: Mandatory bag storage (¥2-¥6/25¢-80¢/15p-40p)

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Gate of Heavenly Peace, {CATEGORY}

This gate is the largest in what was once known as the Imperial City and the most emblematic of Chinese government grandeur. Above the central door, once reserved for the emperor, now hangs the famous portrait of Mao, flanked by inscriptions that read: LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (left) and LONG LIVE THE GREAT UNITY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD (right). Mao declared the founding of the People's Republic from atop the gate on October 1, 19. There is no charge to walk through, but tickets are required if you want to ascend to the upper platform for worthwhile views of Tian'an Men Square. You might imagine yourself as the Great Helmsman addressing a sea of Red Guards, all struggling to understand your thick Hunan accent while waving your little red book. Note the pair of huabiao (ornamental columns) topped with lions, wreathed in dragons and clouds, and facing the square. In their original form, huabiao were wooden posts in the shapes of a battle-axes, upon which subjects would attach petitions or scrawl their grievances to the king. Over time, their function was reversed. Turned to stone and wreathed in the ultimate symbol of the emperor's mandate - the dragon - they became a warning to the ruled to keep out.

Gate of Heavenly Peace, {CATEGORY}

This gate is the largest in what was once known as the Imperial City and the most emblematic of Chinese government grandeur. Above the central door, once reserved for the emperor, now hangs the famous portrait of Mao, flanked by inscriptions that read: LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (left) and LONG LIVE THE GREAT UNITY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD (right). Mao declared the founding of the People's Republic from atop the gate on October 1, 19. There is no charge to walk through, but tickets are required if you want to ascend to the upper platform for worthwhile views of Tian'an Men Square. You might imagine yourself as the Great Helmsman addressing a sea of Red Guards, all struggling to understand your thick Hunan accent while waving your little red book. Note the pair of huabiao (ornamental columns) topped with lions, wreathed in dragons and clouds, and facing the square. In their original form, huabiao were wooden posts in the shapes of a battle-axes, upon which subjects would attach petitions or scrawl their grievances to the king. Over time, their function was reversed. Turned to stone and wreathed in the ultimate symbol of the emperor's mandate - the dragon - they became a warning to the ruled to keep out.

Gate of Heavenly Peace, {CATEGORY}

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 occassional face lift, the last being about 20 years ago. Within the gate visitors will find bright colored kiosks and stand where they can dress as the emperor or emperess and have a photo taken. Entrance into the Forbidden City can also be accessed inside the gate.

Gate of Heavenly Peace, {CATEGORY}

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 occassional face lift, the last being about 20 years ago. Within the gate visitors will find bright colored kiosks and stand where they can dress as the emperor or emperess and have a photo taken. Entrance into the Forbidden City can also be accessed inside the gate.

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