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“Entrance to the Forbidden City.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006, China
010-85007421,85007420
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Ranked #30 of 1,198 Attractions in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 635 Reviews
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Entrance to the Forbidden City.”
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 steps. The square itself is the outer section used in official ceremonies and addresses to the people.

Visited September 2013
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“Big”
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.

Visited May 2014
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“A lot of Security for Something a bit Unloved”
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 not Chinese we had no idea of what was going on. From what we could make out this was just to gain entrance into Tiannamen Square gate which was closest to the entrance of the Forbidden City.

Whilst the main building is impressive the rest of Forbidden City looks a little unloved. I'm not sure why it's not maintained. There were crowds of Chinese tourists there and it was hard to see inside of any of the buildings as entrance gaps were minimal. I don't know why they don't do as European Palaces do and have an internal pathway inside the room where people can file along and see something instead of trying to crowd around an external door to see inside.

There is no doubt that it must have been an impressive city in it's day but there wasn't much to see now unless you are interested in Chinese history.
We were disappointed.

Visited July 2014
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“Iconic but ruined by security check points”
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 have made it inside, you'll probably be overcome with delight and forget to turn around to take the photo..

Visited August 2013
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“Not really an attraction by itself”
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.

Visited May 2014
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