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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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  • These gates are the entrance to The Forbidden city. Its through these that one walks to finally enter the historical sight although as first time visitors it all just seems like The Forbidden city, in...  more »
  • In fact this is one and the same location! This is the main entrance to the city of the dead! Inside is a lot of space, shops, souvenir shops! You can take a tour guide! Recommend that you find someone who speaks English! Dress comfortably, especially shoes, walk will have long
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  • A spectacular structure, the southern and largest gate of the forbidden city, yet the 3rd gate that you will have come through, has a protruding section on either side of the 5 arched gates. The ticke...  more »
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  • A must see for all visiting. This historical place is well taken care of. It's been 11 years (2007) since I went & would love to visit again.
  • This gate is clearly intended to impress any who enter it, and to defend it against any invaders. It is the southern, largest, gateway into the Forbidden city across its encircling moat. The walls are storeys high and sheer, and encircle the outside of the gateway, forming a formidable kill zone for any invading army trying to force its way in. Roofed gatehouses on the walls add to the grandeur and scale of the gateway. Massive, reinforced doors dominate the entrance ways through the gatehouse.
  • This was the entrance that everyone would travel through to enter the forbidden City. Which door one could use was based on their status. The middle door was for the emperor only. I used the middle door... This is now where you buy tickets and pass through security to enter the Forbidden City grounds. The process was painless.
  • The second gate you see when entering The Forbidden City in Beijing. This is also the place where you get the entrance ticket.
  • I absolutely love the scale of this gate. It surround you on all three sides. Behind this gate is the imperial residence otherwise commonly known as the forbidden city.
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