The Tian'anmen (simplified Chinese: 天安门; traditional Chinese: 天安門; pinyin: Tiān'ānmén), literally the "Gate of Heavenly Peace", is a famous monument in Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. It is a widely used a national symbol. First built during the Ming Dynasty in 1420, Tian'anmen is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City. However, the Meridian Gate (午门) 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. Tian'anmen is located along the northern edge of Tiananmen Square.
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