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Meridian Gate (Wu Men), Beijing

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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
  • Wu Men was the first gate of Forbidden City. It was beautiful with bright colours, as it was fully restored before Beijing Olympics. My guide told me that it’s best to be big with many colours in Chin...  more »
  • After entering through the massive gate we took a left and headed up the stairs to view the Meridian Gate Jewelry Exhibit and the Afganistan artifacts on display. The views from the Gate were amazing.  more »
  • The traditions says that you must touch each one of the nine bolts from the door to bring you luck from the ancestors. Hence, the color of those bolts (shining bronze). This magnificent gate building ...  more »
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  • This can be said as one of the symbols of China itself. The massive gate is awinspiring as you walk through it. Of the 3 entrieways you can only use the left or right. The center one is (was) deserved for the emperor himself
  • Really great sight as the main entrance of the Forbidden City.
  • Make sure to secure your ticket before 3PM, have 40 RMB and your passport ready. Largest palace in the world in the heart of Beijing.
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  • The palace is one of the must see place in China.