"Tiananmen" Tiananmen Square Tip by Willettsworld
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Contrary to popular belief, this gate, meaning Gate of Heavenly Peace, is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City. However, the Meridian Gate is the first entrance to the Forbidden City proper, while Tiananmen was the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. The gate was originally named Chengtianmen or "Gate of Accepting Heavenly Mandate", and it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The original building was first constructed in 1420 as an exact replica of a gate in the form of a paifang of the imperial building in Nanjing with the same name. However, it was destroyed by lightning in 1457 and was rebuilt in 1465 before being destroyed again in the war which ended the Ming dynasty in 1644. It was then rebuilt again and given its present name in 1651. The famous portrait of Mao was put up when the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 but it's by no means the original one as many have been put up due to them being vandalised. The placard on the left of Mao reads "Long Live the People's Republic of China", while the right one reads "Long Live the Great Unity of the World's Peoples".
Directions: In the very center of Beijing
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