Note: This post is written by Suanne. Ben’s comments are in quotes.
We exited the Tiananmen Square on the south side. We passed through Qian Men which is known as Zhengyang Men.
Zhengyang Men once guarded the southern entry into the Inner City.
Oh it such a waste. I wanted to bring Suanne up to Zhengyang Men to see the exhibition up there. There was an interesting display of life in Beijing in the old days. Too bad, Zhengyang Men was closed for renovation when we were there.
There is another gate of defence besides the Zhengyang Men. There is an Arrow Tower which was connected by side walls and the Zhengyang Men to form a trap area if the enemies were able to pass the Arrow Tower.
The above is some kind of a Mile 1 indicator of Beijing which is located near the Arrow Tower.
It is more of a Mile Zero marker. This marker marks the center of Beijing and also the front gate to Beijing. Actually, this is a new marker which was put up only in recent times. This reminds me of the Mile Zero markers that we had seen in Washington DC and Madrid. So it does look like a copy cat marker. (more…)