Located in the heart of Beijing city, the Tiananmen Square is an important landmark of the country and bears rich cultural significance with several important historic events having taken place at the site. The square was designed and established in 1651 and has since expanded greatly. Some of the important historic events that have taken place at the Tiananmen Square include the May Fourth Movement protests in 1919, the declaration of the People's Republic of China in 1949 by the founding father of the People's Republic of China - Mao Zedong - as well as the infamous Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Visitors to the square should also pay a visit to the Tiananmen Tower, People's Heroes Monument, Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall which are all key attractions. The Tiananmen Square is considered to be the must-visit location when sight-seeing in Beijing.
The square can be accessed free of charge but a fee of ¥15 is applicable when entering the Tiananmen Tower
Varies according to the schedule of the Flag-Raising and Flag-Lowering times which are typically at around 7:30 a.m. in the morning and 5:00 p.m. in the evening
Around 1 – 2 hours
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
Tiananmen Tower, People's Heroes Monument, Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
Though designated prayer facilities at the Tiananmen Square will be unavailable, plenty of private space is available in the vicinity to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers may also visit some of the mosques in Beijing during prayer times which are located in relatively close proximity. Of the 80 mosques available in the city, Dongsi Mosque and Niujie Mosque are two of the main mosques in Beijing.
For Halal food near the Tiananmen Square, Muslim travellers could visit some of the Halal restaurants in Beijing. Some of the prominent Halal restaurants in Beijing include The Mughal's Beijing, 1001 Nights, Dong Lai Shun Restaurant, Mughal’s Restaurant, Wangdelou Muslim Restaurant and Afunti. When in doubt, travellers could always enquire about the availability of Halal food prior to dining.