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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 place was showed how powerful and great the ancient defenses and kingdom. so Amazed with the pace and the story behind it. 
  • It is horse gate and walk from the South arrive at the gate of Heavenly Peace next. From this gate to the West and North, exit at the entrance of the Forbidden City entrance to Zhongshan Park, on the East side. Went to the 11/21 9:30 rosters in the National Palace Museum, so I went to Zhongshan Park. Gate itself is fine, but no more than that.
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  • This input we struck by the immensity of the backyard and simultaneously for the hundreds of thousands of people who flock to visit the forbidden city. Despite the overwhelming influx rows were very smooth. stunning!
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  • 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.