Tian' anmen

Historical Heritage


Tian' anmen, literally Gate of Heavenly Peace, was the front gate to the Imperial City, and is now widely used as a national symbol of China. In the 20th century, the gate was renovated several times, mainly due to earthquakes and heavy usage. Since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, a portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong has been hung on the gate, while its flanking walls hold giant placards; the left one reads ‘Long Live the People’s Republic of China’, while the right one reads ‘Long Live the Great Unity of the World’s Peoples’. Waking up before sunrise to watch the daily flag-raising ceremony has become a must-see for tourists.
Admission: 15RMB
Opening hours: Peak Season 8:30am-5pm; Off-Season 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: Dong Chang' anjie, Dongcheng district