Tiananmen Square, crossroads of history in central Beijing, China

 

One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China is home to numerous monuments, mausoleums, museums, and government buildings.

The Great Hall of the People, the Tiananmen and Arrow towers, and the China National Museum are some of the landmarks located along the perimeter, while the Mausoleum of Mao Zedung and the 124 ft. tall Monument to the People’s Heroes are located at the center of the plaza.

Constructed 60 years ago, the square is about the size of 60 soccer fields, creating enough open space for nearly a million people to gather.

Tiananmen Square is also the site of an infamous moment in world history. 2019 will mark 30 years since the massacre that ended weeks of student-led demonstrations in 1989.

Hundreds, if not thousands of protestors were killed when troops opened fire in the square.

Tourists and Chinese citizens gather each day at dawn and dusk to watch the raising and lowering of the PRC flag.

Lane Luckie, a news anchor and reporter for KLTV in Tyler, Texas, is traveling to Asia to explore the current issues related to the important bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China. Click here to learn more about his special assignment.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Raycom Media. They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2018 Lane Luckie

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