When you arrive it's very crowded and despite the swarms of police and guards I felt very vulnerable to pickpockets and the con artists are everywhere. Going through the gate, you notice the damp, peeling paint and litter, it doesn't feel impressive. Make sure you read up on its history beforehand as there are no signs and without it it's just a poorly maintained gate. Combined with the disappointing Forbidden City beyond there's no need to stay too long.
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