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Meridian Gate (Wu Men), Beijing
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Meridian Gate (Wu Men) represents the southern and only public entrance to the Forbidden City compound. With a height of 38 m (125 ft), the large red gate features a concave layout with phoenix-like towers on all four sides. Observe the gate's central arch, which was once reserved solely for the emperor--the empress passed this way only on her wedding day. Above the arches, the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors inspected their troops and issued imperial proclamations from the gatehouse. Once you pass the gate and the Inner Golden River Bridges, inspect the grand square and the rest of the majestic Forbidden City. Plan to visit Meridian Gate (Wu Men) during your Beijing vacation using our convenient Beijing vacation route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is the imposing entrance to the vast complex of the one time emperors, Forbidden City. A great spot to get to early to get a memorable picture of yourself. This is a sight that draws people from ...  more »
  • It is nice place and really suitable for those people who love history and ancient things, you can see the huge yard inside and has many story behind this place 
  • The forbidden city is amazing with rich culture and history. The place is amazing but has a high number of visitors which can take away the magnificence of the place. 
Google
  • nice place, it's difficult to use Google here!
  • One of the main gates of the Forbidden City. Also, this is where most tourists where enter the Forbidden City through this gate, where there are strict security checks. This is especially true after the incident that occurred at Tiananmen Square nearby in 2013.
  • An impressive gate.
  • Grand, imposing, very very crowded. One of the must sees in Beijing._
  • Super cool entrance to a great place.