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  • Address: 4 Jingshan Qianjie
  • Hours: Open: Apr 1-Oct 31: 8:30am-5pm; Jul 7-Aug 26: 8am-5pm; Nov 1-Mar 31: 8:30am-4:30pm. Closed Monday afternoons except holidays.
  • Admission: Adult: Apr 1 - Oct 31: CNY 60; Nov 1 - Mar 31: CNY 40. Student: CNY 20
The Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum is perhaps the most recognizable landmark of the Forbidden City. Built in 1420 and renovated in 1801, the Meridian Gate is the largest and southernmost of the Palace Museum’s gates; currently, it’s the sole entrance into the Forbidden City. When the imperial family occupied the palace, the emperor would sit at the top of the Meridian Gate to proclaim sentences on prisoners of war brought before him.

The structure is made up of five towers, meant to resemble a phoenix in flight when viewed from above. The doorway through the central tower was for the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors exclusively, though the empress was allowed to pass through this central gate on her wedding day. The door directly to the west was for the royal family, while the one to the east was for imperial officials. The final two doors were only used during ceremonies at the palace.

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Small-Group Historical Tour of Beijing Including Forbidden City, China World Trade Tower and Local Brewery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This half-day sightseeing tour takes you on a journey from Beijing’s imperial past to its future as a mega metropolis. You’ll gain an architectural and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.94

Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall Day Trip Including Beijing Duck and Cable Car

Enjoy a full day excursion to the two top must-sees in Beijing - The Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Your tour experience is pure cultural and no tourist ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00

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