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Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006, China
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Ranked #25 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Toronto, Canada
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is one of the gates to the Forbidden city. You will get an idea of the dimenions involved. Nice place to take some photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Everyone pass thru this gate to get to the forbidden city. So you can't miss it. Still a very impressive site. If you were to think back those many years ago when the Emperor made all his guess pass the same way.

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