Covering an area of 44,000 square meters at the center of Beijing city, the Tian'anmen Square is the largest urban square in the world, with a capacity of 1 million people. In the north of the square is Tian'an Gate, the Gate of the Heavenly Peace, which used as the front gate of the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The original name of it is the Gate of Heavenly Succession (Chengtianmen), which means shouldering the duty from the Heaven.
The inauguration ceremony of the People's Republic of China was held here on October, 1949. Today, it is the venue for important ceremonies. Both Chinese and foreigners are allowed to stand on the top of the rostrum to have a panoramic view of the whole square. The Monument to the People's Hero stands at the center of the square, facing the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao Zedong in the south, the China National Museum in the east, and the Great Hall of the People in the west.
Solemn national flag raising and lowering ceremonies are held on the square at dawn and dark every day. When look at vivid five-star red flag in rosy down, there is heat and excitement in the heart. During in the night, the square will become more attractive with the lighting.
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