On the western edge of the Tiananmen Square is the Great Hall of the People. It has over 170,000 square metres (about 25 football pitches) of floor space inside, 356 metres in length and 206 metres wide.

It is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the People's Republic of China Government and Parliament, including national level meetings of various social and political organisations. 

The Great Auditorium can seat 10,000 people and is used for shows and conferences. It's where Government leaders make their speeches

The State Banquet Hall has an area of 7,000 square metres, catering up to 5,000 people (including the famous visit of US President Richard Nixon in 1972)