"Gate of the Distinguished Clan" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by Willettsworld


First constructed in 1420, this gate known as Long Zong Men was reconstructed in 1599 and in 1655. During the Qing dynasty, the duty rooms for grand ministers were on the northern side of the gate and those for secretaries of the council of state were on the southern side. The gate was also known as the Forbidden Gate because, except for those who came to make urgent reports or had been summoned, not even princes or officials were allowed to enter. Instead, they had to halt 20 paces away from the flight of steps and state their business to palace messengers. This is where the English name "Forbidden City" originated. In 1813 rebels attacked the gate with the help of palace eunuchs and pressed through to the Grand Council of State and Hall of Character Cultivation.

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the Center of Beijing
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