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The Zhengyangmen Gate

4.5/5471 Reviews
Historical Site
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: North of Qianmen Street, Beijing 100050, China
Phone: 010-65118110

About The Zhengyangmen Gate

Construction of the Zhengyangmen Gate began in the 17th year of Ming emperor Yongle's reign (1419 AD), and was originally called the Lizhengmen Gate. Because it lies straight ahead of the Forbidden City, it also has the name of "Qianmen" or "Front Gate". The Zhengyangmen Gate was one of the "Nine Gates of the Capital" in Old Beijing, taking the Zhengyangmen Gate Tower, the Zhengyangmen Watchtower, and the Zhengyangmen Barbican Gate as one. It is a complete defensive building complex. Today the barbican gate has been demolished. Near Tiananmen Square is the city gate tower. While ascending the tower, one may find out about Beijing's history and customs in the exhibition rooms on each floor. The Zhengyangmen Watchtower is one of the larger watchtowers in Beijing. In the past, only the vehicles of the royal family could go through the city passage downstairs, but now tourists can walk through here towards Qianmen Street.
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