At the center of Beijing, Tian'anmen Square is the world's largest city square. At 440,000-square-metres, it is large enough to hold 1 million people standing. The square is surrounded by Soviet-style monuments and government buildings, and houses Mao's mausoleum at the end opposite the entrance to the Forbidden City. It is an astounding place and a spot to linger and see visitors from all over China, many visiting their capital for the first time.
At sunrises and sunsets national flag hoisting and lowering ceremonies are performed by a troop of soldiers drilled to march at precisely 108 paces per minute, 75cm per pace! It is observed solemnly and thousands of people come to the Square every day.
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