Beijing's Tiananmen Square is an extremely large square in the center of Beijing, where the gate to the Forbidden City is located, formerly the head of the government during imperial times. The national museum (certainly worth a visit) is also located on the square, as well as the current Chinese parliament, in the Great Hall of the People.
You can access Tiananmen Square by taking the subway to the Tiananmen stop, and walking a short distance (you will easily see the square, which is massive). Along the way there will be tons of the prerequisite vendors selling water, silly hats, and souvenirs.
In the square, you can see the entrance to the forbidden city:
And never forget. The iron fist of state is always present.
A side entrance to the Forbidden City.
Manchu restorationist attempting to reinstate emperor Wu Ti and ruin the last century of Chinese hair fashion progress!
These mythical beasts are said to ensure the imperial workers would follow their duties inside, or they would leap and devour the worker.
Let's walk a bit more...
Ah, another beautiful garden!
Every year the emperor would climb this waterfall to his concubine above, and make love in the moonlight.
And we found the rear exit!
If it's your first time in Beijing, you have to see the Forbidden City. Any other plans are completely Verboten.