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Great Hall of the People
Great Hall of the People

Great Hall of the People

Free admission
Renda Huitang W Rd, Xicheng, Beijing, China

The basics

Many travelers walk past the Great Hall of the People during a visit to Tiananmen Square, but few step inside the monolithic building featured on the ¥100 note. Visitors can see the grand auditorium with its red star embedded in the ceiling, as well as the banquet hall where President Richard Nixon dined in 1972. Some tours to Tiananmen Square include a visit to the Great Hall of the People, but it’s a good idea to double-check before you book. In-depth tours of the Tiananmen Square area include the hall, as well as several other of Mao’s Great Buildings.

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Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall
Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall
$202.00 per adult
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Things to know before you go

  • The Great Hall of the People is an interesting diversion for those interested in Soviet architecture or Maoist history.
  • Bags must be checked at the ticket office on the south side of the building if you plan to go inside.
  • The building’s interior is sometimes closed to tourists when the NPC is in session.
  • Cameras and photography are permitted within the hall.
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How to get there

To enter the Great Hall of the People, take the metro to Tiananmen West and enter the building through the East Gate.

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When to get there

Plan to visit the Great Hall of the People after touring the Forbidden City. The building is open daily, with shorter hours in the winter (December to March).

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Mao’s 10 Great Buildings

A total of 10 structures were built in 1959 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The Great Hall of the People was one of them, along with the National Museum of China, the Cultural Palace of Nationalities, Beijing Railway Station, Minzu Hotel, and the Chinese People’s Revolutionary Military Museum (among others).

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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