|The moat runs beneath the square and the two Guans of the Meridian Gate. On either side of the central superstructure there are two towers. The one on the east (right) is the bell tower and the one on the west (left) is the drum tower.
Below, the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment is lined up before the Meridian Gate in honor of Count Waldersee - the American Minister Edwin H. Conger and his family are in the foreground. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
In that picture you can easily see why people are reminded of a phoenix about to take flight and call the Meridian Gate the Five Phoenix Tower (五凤楼).
|9th U.S. Infantry Regiment lined before the Meridian Gate, in honor of Count Waldersee - American Minister Edwin H. Conger and family in foreground, Forbidden City, Peking, China. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C..|
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