Tiananmen Square (天安门广场)
For some, Tiananmen Square will remain the place where the tragic and absurd happened: in 1989, the Chinese government brutally repressed pro-democratie protests and demonstrations. Tiananmen square is also the place where Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on October 1st 1949, and where many movements started, such as the May 4th Movement.
Today, Tiananmen Square remains one of the symbol of Mao’s disillusion of grandeur, a huge square — the biggest in the world — dedicated to him, China, the “people’s heroes”, and jealously guarded night and day by the Party. The lampposts sport video cameras and the square itself is heavily monitored by uniformed and plain clothes policemen… Yet, a lot of Chinese still gather on Tiananmen to watch the flag ceremony either at dusk or at down, take picture, fly kites or just visit the site of so many key event in Chinese modern and contemporary history.