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Qianmen (Front Gate) (Qiánmén dàjiç)

Qianmen (Front Gate) (Qiánmén dàjiç) Review

From its top looking south, you can see that the Qianmen is actually two gates: Sun-Facing Gate (Zhengyangmen) and Arrow Tower (Jian Lou), which was, until 1915, connected to Zhengyangmen by a defensive half-moon wall. The central gates of both structures opened only for the emperor's biannual ceremonial trips to the Temple of Heaven. The gate now defines the southern edge of Tiananmen Square.

Updated: 04-23-2013

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