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Tian'anmen Gate

Tian'anmen Gate
Tian'anmen Gate

Tian'anmen Gate is an immense stone structure painted red. Also called the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the moat that runs through the Imperial Palace continues along at the foot of the Gate. Five marble bridges span this moat, each leading to one of the five passages you must take to go through the Gate.

As you walk towards the Gate, centered on the front wall, is Chairman Mao's portrait. Flanking his portrait, in Chinese characters, are two inscriptions: on the western (left) side, "Long live the People's Republic of China;" on the eastern (right) side, "Long live the great unity of the peoples of the world."

For centuries the passages through the Gate remained closed. Opened only on great ceremonial occasions, the center passageway was always reserved for the emperor. Kept closed until the early part of the twentieth century, the Gate is now open and provides an impressive entrance to the Imperial Palace and its surrounding grounds.

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