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Tiananmen Gate

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Opening Hours of the Gate of Heavenly Peace Opening Hours

8.30 am - 5 pm
(tickets available until 4.30 pm)
The Tiananmen Gate is currently closed until the end of April 2019 for renovation.

Admission Ticket Prices Admission Fees

15 Yuan

The Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) is located to the north of Beijing's Tiananmen Square, from which it is divided by the wide Chang'an Avenue. To approach the gate from Tiananmen Square, you will have to walk through a tunnel underneath Chang'an Avenue. Directly in front of the gate are seven white marble bridges of which the central one was reserved for the emperor in times past. The Gate of Heavenly Peace was used as the gatehouse of the Forbidden City during the time of the Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty. While the Ming and Qing emperors used the central arched gateway to enter the Forbidden City back then, ministers and officials had to pass through the smaller side gateways. In post-imperial times, the Gate of Heavenly Peace increasingly became associated with political events such as the May 4th demonstration during the time of the Republic of China and especially the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

the Tiananmen Gate features prominently within the National Emblem of the People's Republic of China
the Tiananmen Gate features prominently within the National Emblem of the People's Republic of China

Most approaching visitors will already recognize Tiananmen Gate from afar by the contemporary decoration of its southern facade that fronts Tiananmen Square. A huge portrait of Mao Zedong is mounted above the central arched gateway while two placards that proclaim "Long Live the People's Republic of China" and "Long Live the Great Unity of the World's Peoples" can be seen above the side gateways. Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China on the balcony of the Tiananmen Gate on the 1st of October 1949. A portrait of Mao has been on display at the gate since that year. As a symbol of modern China, an artistic rendering of the gate can also be found within the National Emblem of the People's Republic of China.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace was originally constructed in 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor. It was called Chengtianmen (Gate of Accepting Heavenly Mandate) during those early years. As an edifice that was completely built out of wood, the gate looked very different back then. It was completely destroyed twice by fire and rebuilt each time with major changes to its design. The current external appearance of the Tiananmen Gate is essentially the same as it was after its second rebuilding was completed in 1651. That was also when the gate was given its present name.

The Tiananmen Gate can be visited by the public since November 1987. Besides providing a magnificent view over Tiananmen Square from its balcony, you will find a selection of historical artifacts and photographs (mainly from the founding ceremony of the People's Republic of China) displayed inside.

panoramic image of the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing
panoramic image of the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing

Getting there and nearby Hotels

How to get there?

Tiananmen Gate
North of Tiananmen Square
Dongcheng district
Beijing, China

Telephone Number +86 10 8119 1011

nearest airport Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY), Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Beijing Daxing International Airport - scheduled to open in 2019

nearest railway stations Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station

nearest subway station Tiananmen East Station
Subway Line 1
Exit A
Tiananmen West Station
Subway Line 1
Exit B
Qianmen Station
Subway Line 2
Take Exit A and walk north

public bus stop Tiananmen East Station
bus lines: 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 120, Sightseeing Bus Line 2, Tourist Bus Line 2
Tiananmen West Station
bus lines: 1, 5, 52, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Sightseeing Bus Line 2, Tourist Bus Line 2
Tiananmen Square West
bus lines: 120, Sightseeing Bus Line 2

nearby Hotels Hotels

The hotels underneath are listed by their increasing distance from the Tiananmen Gate:

1. China Great Hall Hotel
No.19 West Jiaomin Lane-A
0.5 miles away

2. Starway Boutique Tianan Rega Hotel
Tian'an Building, Hualong Street, Nanheyan Main Street
0.5 miles away

3. Zijingong Hotel
No.86 Nanyuanhe Main Street
0.5 miles away

4. Hotel Palace
No.6 Pudusi West Alley, Nanchizi Main Street
0.6 miles away

5. 7 Days Inn Beijing Zoo
No.2 Building, No.19 Gaoliangqiaoxie Street
0.6 miles away

6. Beijing Hotel NUO
33 East Chang'an Avenue
0.6 miles away

7. Hotel Kapok Beijing
No.16 Donghuamen Street
0.7 miles away

8. Jade Garden Hotel
No.1 Nanheyan Main Street
0.7 miles away

9. Beijing Hotel
No.33 East Chang'an Street
0.7 miles away

10. Dongjiao Minxiang Hotel
No.23A Dongjiao Minxiang
0.7 miles away

11. Citytel Inn
Building C/D, Nanheyan Street
0.7 miles away

12. Hua Feng Binguan
No.5 Qianmen Dongdajie
0.7 miles away