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Meridian Gate (Wu men)

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The Meridian Gate, more commonly known as Five-phoenix Tower (Wufeng lou) because of the five pavilions on top, is the southern entrance to the imperial palace. The centre passage-way was reserved solely for the emperor. Officials went in and out through the left gate, and members of the royal family used the right gate. When the emperor went to the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihe dian) to hold grand ceremonies, Drums and bells in the main gate's tower were struck, to maintain imperial dignity. Every year the official lunar calender was issued from here in a special ceremony.

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