People's Great Hall of Chongqing

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The majestic construction of the People's Great Hall is the landmark of Chongqing. The whole building displays elegant design, superb craft and the harmonious disposition of colors. Especially the dome above the front gate, a typical architectural creation in Chinese antique flavor, is highly praised by the tourists from abroad and home.

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People's Great Hall of Chongqing
People's Great Hall of Chongqing

As one of the largest public assembly buildings in China, the Great Hall of the People was designed by Zhang Jiade based on traditional Chinese architecture that was in fashion in Ming, Qing Dynasties, though built in modern times.

People's Great Hall of Chongqing
People's Great Hall of Chongqing

Chongqing People/s great hall began to construct under the charge of Deng xiaoping, Liu bocheng in June, 1951, and in April, 1954 was completed. In the book "History of Comparative Architecture" published byThe Royal Institute of British Architects in Great Britain in 1987, the Auditorium was put in the second place in a list of 43 best Chinese buildings constructed after liberation.

People's Great Hall of Chongqing
People's Great Hall of Chongqing

The entire complex is a cluster of attached buildings: the Great Hall, the North Wing and the South Wing on each side of the hall. And in 1986, East Wing was added. After its erection in 1953, it was named the Sino-Soviet Building except the red star topped the dome which was the copy of that of the Kremlin. In 1955, it changed its name to People's Great Hall.

People's Great Hall of Chongqing
People's Great Hall of Chongqing

In front of the People's Great Hall is the Chongqing People's Square. In May 1997, People's Square was completed, covering an area of 25000 square meters, of which 15000 square metres is planted with trees and flowers. The ground of the square is paved with smooth and shinning marble tiles. There is a large magic music fountain, at the southern end of the square stands a stage for performances in the open air.

People's Great Hall of Chongqing
People's Great Hall of Chongqing

The entire structure is nestled amidst lush trees and ornamental landscape. In the early Morning the square is bustling with people. You can witness elderly people practicing their Taiji, or martial arts. Many people go the square to dance, or just to people watch. At night the entire structure is lighted up, making it a wonderful photo opportunity.

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