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Meridian Gate (Wu Men), Beijing

#10 of 209 in Historic Sites in Beijing
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • If you are in Beijing, go. If you can get to Beijing, go. Take at least a day to visit the Forbidden City. It’s filled with awesome beauty and is very varied. This should be considered one of the wonders of the world.
  • Beautiful place. Its the main entrance to The Palace Museum. You can buy the tickets there without a problem.

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