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People passing next to a portrait of Chairman Mao and red flags fluttering on the Rostrum in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square was the third largest city square in the world and is visited by tens of thousands of foreign and Chinese tourists each year.