Tiananmen Square



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If Beijing is the centre of the Chinese universe, then Tiananmen Square is its heart. It was in 1949 here that Mao Zedong declared the foundation of the People's Republic of China to an audience of one million adoring revolutionaries and it was here that he lead the mass rallies of Cultural Revolution. It was here again, that another million people gathered to mourn the Great Helmsman's death in 1976. The events of 1989 saw Tiananmen become a household name, but whilst the terrible events of those torrid times live on the minds of Beijingers, many Chinese see them as a blip on the road to further economic progress rather than a dent on their true aspirations.







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