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Forbidden City - Meridian Gate

Meridian Gate is the main entrance of the Imperial Palace, the gate is crowned with 5 towers, which is commonly known as the Five Phoenix Towers with throne in the center, drums and bells on either side. When emperors celebrated an important occasion, they were beated and knolled to make the air more imposing.

The Gate is 35.6 m high, sulcus in shape. There are 3 gates in the middle and 2 side gates on either side. The central gate was usually used for emperor specially. The emperess could pass through this gate on her wedding day. Courtiers passed through by left gate, royal family passed through by right gate. 2 side gates would be opened only for important occasions.