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The square has great cultural significance as a symbol because it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.
Outside of China, the square is best known for the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
The square is 880 meters south to north and 500 meters east to west, a
total area of 440,000 square meters, which makes it the largest
open-urban square in the world.
Unlike the other gates in Beijing, such as the Tiananmen and the
Qianmen, this was a purely ceremonial gateway, with three arches but no
ramparts, similar in style to the ceremonial gateways found in the Ming
Dynasty Tombs. This gate had a special status as the "Gate of the
Nation", as can be seen from its successive names. It normally remained
closed, except when the Emperor passed through.
We also visited a Chinese pharmacy and a silk market of which there
are some pictures below.
|Tiananmen Square from across the street at the Forbidden City.||One walks down through an underpass to reach the square.||A view of the underpass.|
|Here it is... the famous Tiananmen Square.||It's really a large place.||And there are only about a zillion people there.|
|Pictures of medicines in a Chinese pharmacy.|
|The entrance to the pharmacy.|
|On our way in a cab to see a silk market.|
|We arrive at the silk market.|
|Gobs of silk.||This is where the cocoons are unwound into long threads of silk.||More silk processing equipment.|
|Ahhh...now we can shop for silk stuff.||Fairly large show room.|
|Our charming guide helps Kathy shop for silk thingys.|
|More of those ubiquitous construction cranes.|