Directions to Zhendu Men , The Western Gate of Chastity and Obedience :
To find your way to the Gate of Genuine Virtue within the huge Palace Museum complex is surprisingly easy. To put it in the briefest and clearest description; the Gate of Genuine Virtue is the Gate to the north-east of the Main South Gate - the Gate of the Meridian (Wu Men).
In short, after buying a ticket and entering the Palace Museum through the Gate of the Meridian, one need only walk across the "Golden River" of this couryard to the north east corner to reach the Gate of Genuine Virtue.
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Directions to the Gate of Chastity and Obedience - How to Get There :
The Gate of Chastity (貞節之門) is but a minor side-gate of the southern outer court in the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) of Beijing. Due its ordinary appearance and the vicinity of its much more glorious neighbor the Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihe Men), the Gate of Chastity generally goes relatively unnoticed by most passing visitors at the Palace Museum.
When the Palace was still the political center of the Chinese Nation and the Emperors held court at the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihe Dian), the Gate of Chastity and Obedience (Zhen Du Men) - together with its twin the Gate of Genuine Virtue (Zhao De Men) - was used by attending Manchu officials when answering summonces to the court. On important occasions such as the crowning of the Emperor, his birthday, his wedding and of course the celebrations of the first day of the Lunar New year (spring festival) officials of various levels would filter through the two side-gates to gather inside the giant courtyard beyond, dubbed "Harmony Square" for ease. The main and central  Gate of this court of course is the Gate of Supreme Harmony, and this large Gate was reserved for the Emperor to make his grandiose entry.
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History of  Zhendu Men , The Western Gate of Chastity :
The Gate of Chastity was burned down in 1881 AD. Renovation started in the year 1889 and were supposedly completed that very same year.
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