Posted by: danielfee | September 18, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-18-2012

Great Hall and Monument at Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square or “Square of the Gate of Heavenly Peace” is a vast paved square in central Beijing that acts as a huge park on clear days with couples strolling, children playing and kite flying. But it is most noted for the 1989 student demonstrations also known as the June Fourth Incident. A series of popular demonstrations began on April 15, 1989 and ended with military suppression on June 4th.  The event was initially labeled and still widely known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or Tiananmen Massacre. The number of dead and wounded remains unclear because of the large discrepancies between the different estimates, which range from several hundred to several thousand. Some of the early estimates were based on reports of a casualty figure of 2,600 from the Chinese Red Cross. PBS Foundation claim the official Chinese government figure is 241 dead including soldiers and 7,000 wounded. In the Western world the iconic photo of the protest was taken the day after, June 5th, which was immortalized by the famous photograph of a lone man in a white shirt standing in front of a column of tanks which were attempting to drive out of Tiananmen Square. Although inside China this photo is relatively unknown because the Communist Party  had taken measures to block or censor information. At the north end of Tiananmen Square is the Forbidden City and at the south end is Mao Zedong Mausoleum. In the center of the square is the Monument to the People’s Heroes which is a monolith dedicated to the memory of the martyrs to the cause of the Communist revolution. On the west side is the massive building know as the Great Hall of the People where China’s National People’s Congress meets.


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