The Meridian Gate (outside)
The best way to see the Forbidden City is
by arriving at the southern Meridian Gate
(WuMen), the 'front door'.
This can be reached from the TianAnMen
Gate - pass through the archway beneath Mao's portrait
and the Meridian Gate will be in front of you as
you head north; walk along the tree-lined path through
DuanMen gate and on to the ticket office.
The Meridian Gate.
A view of the Meridian Gate from
the balcony of DuanMen.
The central pavilion close-up.
Side view of one of the two 'arms' of the Meridian
showing one of the five pavilions on top.
Because chinese emperors
believed that they were sons of Heaven and live in the
center of the universe, they believed that the meridian
line went through the Forbidden City; hence the gate was
: Inside the Meridian Gate