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Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006, China
010-85007421,85007420
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Ranked #28 of 1,244 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Derby, United Kingdom
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is the main entrance gate to the Forbidden City. However, apart from passing through the entrances in the ground floor in order to access the main parts of the Forbidden City, the general public is not allowed into any other parts of the building. Our guide informed us that those parts of this building, and the other closed parts... More

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Finksburg, Maryland
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This large all encompassing gate is the entrance to the Forbidden city. I was a bit disappointed that we could not see very many of the rooms in the forbidden city. And the overall size seemed a bit much for just 1 person to enjoy. But this was their emperor so impressing him was all that mattered. It's suppose to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The entrance to the Forbidden City is very grand and imposing but I'm not sure that it should be considered a site on its own. I went with a tour which allowed us to bypass most of the rather huge lineups so if you go, for the sake of your time and avoid the brutal heat and crowds during summer,... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Visited last May. The Meridian gate is literally the name of the entrance to the Forbidden City. After it is the vast stone square which looks directly at the Hall of Great Harmony which is up the 3 tiers of marble steps - which is in itself the entrance to the main halls. Great photo ops of the famous marble... More

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Dunfermline, Scotland
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It's big, it's impressive. But, primarily, just the way into the Forbidden City, which is obviously the main attraction. Big crowds.

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Sydney
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44 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We unfortunately queued for 45 mins to supposedly go through a bag check and see passports however the security did not even glance at us as we walked through the scanner. The security check was very disorganised forcing people to queue through the smallest path instead of having a couple of check points. It was chaos and as we were... More

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The entrance to the Forbidden City, the front view is security, security, crowd control and traffic. You can't even get back enough to take a proper picture (unless you want to stand in the 12 lane traffic!) The backside of the gate - once you get into the Forbidden City is fine, but by then you are so overjoyed you... More

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Fuerteventura
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173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I am not sure that this should be an attraction in its own right. You wouldn’t come to Beijing or the Forbidden City just to see this. It is really an entry into the Forbidden City. I have seen much more spectacular gates in Egypt.

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Vancouver, Canada
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36 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Like everything in the Forbidden City, I was honestly expecting a bit more. I loved my audio guide, but I don't like crowded places... and, I only had about 8 hours in Beijing. I found this impressive, but I wonder what I missed out on to see this. But, if you do not hate crowds, like architecture, do not mind... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Wow ! I have never crossed so many gates in one day .. Opulance at its height ... Luxurious construction .. A must see historic monument and a lot if history attached with it to read

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