Opposite the Tiananmen Gate to The Forbidden City, built in 1651, Tiananmen Square looks much different than it did during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Originally narrower and surrounded by a vermillion wall with three gates, along the east and west ran the imperial ministry buildings. Now widened, the imperial buildings have been replaced by The Great Hall of the People, on one side and the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution on the other, after 1949. Running down the center of the Square are the Monument to the People's Heroes, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall, the Arrow Tower and Qianmen.
Tiananmen Gate to the Forbidden City seen from Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing
The Great Hall of the People
Monument near Chairman Mao's Mausoleum
Tiananmen Square seen from the Tiananmen Gate of the Forbidden City - Mao's Mausoleum center back
People's Heroes Monument center, Museum of Chinese History and Museum of the Chinese Revolution to right