For most foreigners visiting China Beijing brings up two main associations – the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square. Unlike the Great Wall of China which is likely to bring thoughts of awe and admiration, Tiananmen Square is mostly remembered for an event in history that involves China’s authoritarian regime and a large group of students.
The fact that very little remains of Chinese communism or Mao’s China makes most of us contemplate what that huge picture of Mao hanging on the northern side of Tiananmen Square on the entrance to the Forbidden City really means. To me it felt as though the soviet design and the communist national symbols of former China are now more of a humorous tourist attraction than anything else. With the way things are in modern capitalist China I’m surprised visitors are still not charged money for visiting the square or taking a photo with father Mao.
Aside from the obvious photos of the guards with Mao in the background, there’s actually not much going on. It’s just a really big soviet style square. But, it’s central location at the heart of Beijing and its proximity to parks and the Forbidden City make it an important starting point for some of your Beijing explorations.
Notice those clear blue skies? you’d take that for granted, but it’s really rare! lasted exactly one day before making way to pollution and grey.