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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 road trip tool.
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  • This is the only entrance to the Forbidden City. It has five towers appearing like a flying phoenix. You need to purchase a ticket to enter. I recommend you purchase the entrance ticket online at 3rd....  more
    This is the only entrance to the Forbidden City. It has five towers appearing like a flying phoenix. You need to purchase a ticket to enter. I recommend you purchase the entrance ticket online at 3rd....  more »
  • One of many in the Forbidden Palace particularly down the central axis It is the only way in. Ticket booths just before it on the edge. In itself it's alright but all the decor is up top. The base....  more
    One of many in the Forbidden Palace particularly down the central axis It is the only way in. Ticket booths just before it on the edge. In itself it's alright but all the decor is up top. The base....  more »
  • This is known as Wumen in Chinese. It is now the only entrance into the forbidden City.it It has five towers appearing like a flying phoenix...also known as Five Phoenix Tower. 
    This is known as Wumen in Chinese. It is now the only entrance into the forbidden City.it It has five towers appearing like a flying phoenix...also known as Five Phoenix Tower.  more »
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  • Truly a royal experience. The huge gate welcomes you into the forbidden city, all hidden behind the high walls. What a privacy 😀. There are multiple entry points for smooth and fast entry. A very well managed gate.
  • I needed my passport to buy tickets into the Forbidden City. I'm not sure if this is standard or if it was only because of the 19th congress which had just happened a few days prior. Entry fee was 60 yuan/kuai, which is not posted anywhere and would be helpful to know. Give yourself a lot of time to walk around the Forbidden City, it is very large and filled with tons of tourists. We were unsure of where to exit (as we wanted to go straight to Tiananmen Square) and were chased down and rerouted.
  • My family visited here in April during Easter holiday. People say it is not high season for tourism but still many tourists are there. One of the many impressive structures in The Forbidden City. Take time to know the History of the Meridian Gate and you will be mesmerized by its use. You just have to know which gate it is amongst the many similar gates around.
  • The entry to see the Forbidden city, but unluckily I was went there on Monday which there is not open due to their holiday every Monday. So sad !
  • Very busy, you will be jam packed like sardines for about 15 minutes as you walk through but seeing as how the forbidden city is ine of the main attractions, its worth it. Make sure to bring your passport as this is how you get tickets to get inside. Once you are inside there is plenty of space to walj around and plenty of architecture to see. If you just continue forward you will get to the meridian gate, cant miss it. Very pretty and would definitely recommend going

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