Name:Tian'anmen Gate seen from Tian'anmen square, Dongcheng District, Beijing (Capital Cty & Municipality), P.R. CHINA.
Tian'anmen Gate seen from Tian'anmen square, Dongcheng District, Beijing (Capital Cty & Municipality), P.R. CHINA. Tian'anmen Square is the large plaza near the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. With an area of 440,000 mÂ², Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and has been the site of many events. The most notable was in 1989, when a pro-democracy movement in China saw thousands of protesters gather there. Hundreds of protesters were killed by government troops in the streets leading from the square. The Tiananmen Gate was first built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty. During the demise of the Ming Dynasty, heavy fighting between Li Zicheng and the early Qing emperors damaged (or perhaps destroyed) the gate. The Tian'anmen square was originally designed and built in Beijing in 1651. It was enlarged to its present size (four times its original size) and cemented over in 1958. Tian'anmen Gate is widely used as a national symbol. First built during the Ming Dynasty, Tian'anmen is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City. However, the Meridian Gate is the first entrance to the Forbidden City proper, while Tiananmen was the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. Tian'anmen is located along the northern edge of Tiananmen Square.
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