Located in Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square, this obelisk which rises to a height of 10 storeys is a national monument and commemorates the martyrs that were involved in the country’s revolutionary struggles during the periods encompassing the 19th and 20th centuries. Situated near the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, this famous landmark was completed in 1958. Designed primarily by Liang Sicheng, the Monument to the People’s Heroes is also a site that has been used for public outpourings of grief and mourning.
Rising up to a height of around 37 metres, the monument is made up of high quality granite and marble from Fangshan and the Shandong Province. The northern exterior consists of an inscription in Mao Zedong’s hand. The structure also features bas reliefs showcasing key incidents in the Chinese revolutionary movement over the past century. These include the Destruction of Opium at Humen, the Wuchang Uprising, the May 4th Movement, the Jintian Uprising, the Nanchang Uprising, the Crossing of the Yangtze River and the War of Resistance against Japan.
The monument holds a special place in the lives of the people and is definitely worth a visit when in Beijing. The city offers countless hours of sightseeing adventures and other attractions one will find here include the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, White Cloud Temple, White Dagoba Temple, the Ancient Observatory, Beijing Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and the Botanical Garden.
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