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Q: Did China intentionally make Tianamen Square the largest walking space for people?

I read in the guiness book of world records that Tianamen Square was the largest walking area on earth for people. Was that intentionally done? I can't think of too many other places with large walking spaces. In washington they have some big walking spaces for tourists. I have been to Tianamen Square and it is a pretty big space for people to walk. I was unaware of the record until I looked in the Guiness World Record Book. 

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To be honest I don't think they did do it intentionally. I think China is such a big country that it could afford to create that kind of space. It's actually pretty cool and it is a great tourist spot. 

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Well...China has a lot of people, and they probably knew that a lot of people would gather there on anniversaries and other celebrations. Considering that, I'm sure they wanted to have enough space.

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wouldn't the largest walking space just be a field in the wilderness?  or some farm with acres of land?

I'm sure Antarctica has plenty of walking space.

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Isn't it fairly old? Also, anything new would have been build to host 1950s style soviet parades, cause Mao was such a f*cking wannabee. 

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yes they did. you know why? because they wanted the person  standing there to feel tiny and insignificant compared to the power and total awesomeness of THE STATE.

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It was Mao's pet project, as were most of the surrounding buildings (ignoring the north side, of course).

Although it's extremely old, originally Tiananmen square was quite a bit smaller than it was today and, surprisingly, surrounded on three sides mainly by residential buildings (which were mainly ruined due to Opium wars/Beijing passing back and forth between warlards/etc), but Mao wanted to make that part of Beijing grand and wonderful and part of his legacy.

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