Consisting of two gates that were formerly linked together, Qianmen dates from 1419 (Ming Dynasty) and was originally part of the Beijing City Walls. Almost destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion, the present gates were reconstructed in 1914. Zhengyangmen, which stands on the southern edge of Tiananmen Square, was the gatehouse, while Arrow Tower, across the street to the south, was the major fortification. At 42 meters in height, Zhengyangmen was the tallest of Beijing’s gates. You can climb up Zhengyangmen. It provides some okay views to the south and houses some information about Tiananmen Square, but it’s not really worth the price of admission. You’re better off going up the Gate of Heaveny Peace for its views of Tiananmen Square.
Admission: ¥20 (Zhengyangmen). Open: 9:00-16:30.
Tel: +86 (010) 6522 9384.
Directions: Qianmen is at the southern edge of Tiananmen Square. It has its own eponymous subway station: Qianmen.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去前门，谢谢。 (Please take me to Qianmen. Thank you.)