Tiananmen & Forbidden City

The Tiananmen Square (literally "Gate of Heavenly Peace") is the largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880 m by 500 m) . It has been the site of many events, among which a gathering of pro-democracy protesters in 1989. The protest ended when 1500 till 3000 of these protesters were killed by government troops in the streets leading from the square.

Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, is the nickname of an anonymous man who achieved widespread international recognition as a heroic figure when he was videotaped and photographed during the protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. Several photographs were taken of the man, who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks.

The Meridian Gate is the southern (and largest) gate of the Forbidden City. The central arch was for the exclusive use of the emperor.

On the next link you can find a interactive map of the forbidden city together with a detailed map and extra interesting information.

The duration of the bus trip from the campus to the forbidden city takes about 20 minutes. We calculated with the arrival at the Xichang'an street, situated near the Meridian Gate, the main acces to the forbidden city. (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=university+of+science+and+technology,+Bejing&daddr=Tianmen+plein&hl=en&geocode=FUczYgIdymzvBiH1cYI2X2wcSA%3BFQzhYAIdWPzvBiFPCvKPwy29rw&mra=ls&sll=39.989353,116.35405&sspn=0.008105,0.01929&ie=UTF8&ll=39.925404,116.3974&spn=0.0649,0.154324&z=13&lci=org.wikipedia.en,transit)

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