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Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

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Address: The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006, China
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Phone Number: 010-85007421,85007420
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This among popular landmark at Tianmen, this landmark have historic and cultural perspective, people from all around the world wants to visit to explore ancient dynasties... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This among popular landmark at Tianmen, this landmark have historic and cultural perspective, people from all around the world wants to visit to explore ancient dynasties architecture with very tall gate.

Thank Abdul G
Tinsukia, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It’s just the main entry Gate to Forbidden City, first thing you will notice are the lines of people queuing outside for tickets. The size of structure is obviously crazy but that’s about it all. There are five gates with the central one meant only for the Emperor, being so its slightly raised so that he is always walks higher... More 

Thank Mayank A
Yeppoon, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While a magnificent sight, it provides a glimpse into traditional Chinese Emperors. There is little to explore and see.

Thank Henwood1
Fredericton, Canada
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168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Meridian Gate is the largest and Main gate at the south of the Forbidden City. As with everything in ancient Chinese society, it was carefully laid out, and has 5 gates altogether. The central gate was, of course, for the Emperor, while everyone else had to use the other 4 gates. There were apparently some exceptions, like the Empress... More 

Thank CFofLL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes there are a lot of people here, but it is the only entrance into the Forbidden City so of course there is. The gate is just massive and it really makes you marvel at the Forbidden City and you haven't even made it inside! There is a security check and metal detector. Yes they will search your bags and... More 

Thank Monkebones
Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Meridian Gate was very impressive. We visited on a clear sunny day in July and it was hot. Hats and sunscreen would be good things to have on this visit since there isn't a lot of shade. Security was everywhere but it didn't take too long to move through the checkpoints. This was a great visit but the crowds were... More 

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Bedworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You leave the square to enter the Forbidden City via the enormous and substantial Entrance Gate the Wu Men- the colour and size are imposing and make a statement of power, as do the heavy large studded gates. Obviously with a statement to keep out, the Forbidden City and all its delights are not for the common folk. Walk through... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The gate and entrance to Forbidden City. I would say it's a through way. In front of Wu Men is a huge open space, from there you may choose to enter the Forbidden City, once you enter the palace, you cannot come back to Wu Men, you will exit at the north entrance. On either sides(east and west) are Tai... More 

Thank Soxblue
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

There is an old saying "推出午门斩首". This is the Wu Men everyone is talking about.It is also where the execution of offenders are held in Qing Dynasty. Front door of Gugong or 紫禁城.Nothing much to see here and is just a door. Was wondering where the execution were held as there were no clear sights of those barricades etc....perhaps being... More 

Thank 165ongy
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This very large Gate is the southern entrance to the Forbidden City. It is dramatic and a fitting entrance. As elsewhere in the Forbidden City expect large crowds. Having a tour guide helps appreciate the significance of the site.

Thank Steve L

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