Gate of Heavenly Purity
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,026 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
People quickly enter this gate but really enjoy the bronze lion statue pair at the gates as you enter the gate
Written 23 December 2018
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada4,282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This gate separates the outer halls from the inner palaces that were the living quarters of the emperors. The Gate of Heavenly Purity is just after the Hall of Preserving Harmony and before the Palace of Heavenly Purity. There is a pair of bronze lions in front of the gate with a large stone carving between the lions.
Written 7 July 2018
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Randall K
Canberra, Australia1,252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
There is so much to take in and appreciate when you visit the Forbidden City, and after a while a lot of the architecture and design seems to just blend in. Take your time to wander through at your pace to appreciate what you are seeing. This gate was quite beautiful, with the colours, urns and the pair of lions. If you can plan ahead to book a private tour with a guide, they will explain every detail of what it is that you are seeing and how important it is to the culture of this country.
Written 27 May 2018
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
As you exit the Hall of Preserving Harmony you are able to view the Gate of Heavenly Purity across the small courtyard. The gate marks the entrance to the inner court of the Forbidden City. It is not as big as the gates in the outer court, but is quite lovely and beautifully painted. There are three shorter main staircases leading up to the gate, flanked by a pair of bronze lions as well as a pair of large bronze urns.
Written 6 May 2018
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ianwyj
Singapore5,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Visitors to the Forbidden City are led in south to north direction for all of the outer court until they exit the Hall of Preserved Harmony. They are then required to decide if they wish to continue in the same direction or deviate eastwards to check out the various gallery collections. If they choose the former, then the Gate of Heavenly Purity marks the portal through which they transition between the outer and inner courts of the palace. In comparison to what has previously been viewed, this gate is not particularly impressive. It is however notable for a gold-gilded pair of lions and urns, unmistakable as a signpost that beyond lies the private living and working quarters of the emperor and his family.
Written 25 November 2017
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
I absolutely loved the Forbidden City and the Gate of Heavenly Purity is one of the nicest parts of the tour. It is definitely worth getting the audio-guide as you learn a lot about the place, more than you would from the displays alone and I feel I got a lot more out of my visit having paid for the guide.
The Gate of Heavenly Purity really is magnificent from the golden lions at the base to the ornate roof and roof tiles. It is as imposing as it is intricate and is well worth a long visit when you do the tour.
Written 8 August 2017
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Mark H
Winston Salem, NC533 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
While I just said that "Many of the different portions of the forbidden city can become "just another stop / portion" of the overall Forbidden City" about the inner court, I have to admit that is how I felt about the gate of heavenly purity. The most interesting portion were the statues and the (former) gold covered pots.
Written 5 August 2017
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,865 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
It looked rather dull, as it hadn’t been restored to the original colour. Nevertheless, it was another important gate in the central axis. The name of the gate was written in both traditional Chinese characters and Manchu script.
Written 2 June 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
The Gate of Heavenly Purity is the gateway between the outer and inner courts of the Forbidden City. It serves as the main entrance to the imperial household. In the front are a pair of gilded bronze lions.
Written 30 March 2017
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
It would be difficult to miss it since you usually will exit the Forbidden City by this gate.
It will then lead you to the Gold Water Bridge. They are not amazing, but still they are interesting and even beautiful examples of Chinese architecture

It is clear that you won't visit the Forbidden City just for them.
There are many other parts more interesting and even stunning in it like the immense empty spaces adjoining the different halls or the building themselves enclosing them.

But it is hard to imagine you visiting Beijing and missing the Forbidden City as the number 1 attraction, so as long as you are there don't miss them.

I have attached, as I always do, some pictures to give you a better feeling of this attraction...

As I wrote above you will probably exit the Forbidden City by this gate...
So stop by, turn back and take 5 admiring it...

It is well worth it.
Written 24 December 2016
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Gate of Heavenly Purity admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 832.92, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 6,509.76 per person.



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