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Tiananmen or the Gate of Heavenly Peace is a famous monument in Beijing and adjacent to the popular Tiananmen square. The monument was first built during the Ming dynasty and is often referred to as the front entrance of the Forbidden City.

The monument is located north of Tiananmen square and is separated from the plaza by the Changan Avenue. In front of the gate are two lion statues standing and there are two other guarding bridges. The reviewing stands on the foreground are used on International Workers Day and the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

Due to historical significance, the Tiananmen is featured on the National Emblem of the People’s Republic of China. The Tiananmen is also featured in designs of stamps and coins issued by the PRC and is a symbol of modern China. Above the archway stands a large portrait of Chinese premier Mao Zedong which is also renovated regularly.

Common people can step over the tower and overlook Tiananmen square and enjoy the vast wide views. Tiananmen is visited by tourists from around the world and is a symbol of the republic of China and holds great cultural and political significance as a piece of architecture.