Pillar monument, Duan Gate.

Duan Gate

Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Sandwiched between the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Meridian Gate, Duan Gate (Gate of Uprightness) was stripped of its treasures by foreign forces quelling the Boxer Rebellion.

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