Tiananmen Square

Perhaps this picture gives some idea of the size of the famous public square, the largest of its sort in the world. It has held over 1 million people for large rallies organized by the Communist Party years ago.

The above image is famous. News organizations from around the world said that this lone student courageously faced down the tanks on Tiananmen Square, and that legend has stuck. However, nobody knows whether this man was a student. In fact, with his bag, he looks more like a shopper. And the picture was not taken on Tiananmen Square, but on a main boulevard perhaps one-third of a mile away from the square. The photo was taken from the Beijing Hotel, from which you cannot really see the square.