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Located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People is the place where Chinese leaders meet foreign leaders and the National People's Congress holds its annual sessions.

The Great Hall of the People was built in September 1959. It covers an area of 171,800 square meters, it is 336 meters in length and 206 meters in width and 46.5 meters high at the highest point.

The Great Hall of the People consists of three sections: The central of Great Hall is the "ten thousand people hall" with volume of 90,000 cube meters; The northern section is the banquet hall where 5,000 people can dine at one time; The south part is office building of Standing Committee of People's Congress of China and reception halls named for each of China's province. The central part of The Great Hall is higher, while the two sides are a little lower.

Every year, in March, the Great Hall of the People plays host to the liang hui (literally means "two meetings") event, where both the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (SCPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) meet in sessions lasting for two to three weeks at the Great Auditorium. The Communist Party of China (CPC) also holds its National Congress every five years in the Great Hall of the People.

The Great Hall of the People is now open to both domestic and foreign visitors when national conference is not in session.

Travel Tips:

Directions: By Bus No. 1,2,4,5,7,9,10,20,22,37,52,44,48,53,59,54,110,120,337,te 1,te 2,te 4,te 7,703,728,726,729,803,808,821;
Take the subway to west of Tian'anmen or Qianmen subway station.

Opening Hours:
9:00-14:00 (Jan., Feb., Mar., Dec.)
8:15-15:00 (Apr., May, Jun.)
7:30-16:00 (Jul., Aug.)
8:30-15:00 (Sep., Oct., Nov.)
Opening Hours also depend on the meetings scheduled in the hall. The East Gate is the only place for visitors' entrance.
Admission Fee: RMB30

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