Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Front Gate (Qianmen Gate)

This grand structure was the original front gate to the once-walled city of Beijing. Climb to the top for fantastic views over its archery tower and Tiananmen Square.

The centrally located Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) is also known as Zhengyangmen and was originally part of the old city walls. The towering structure with typical Chinese curved roof stands 138 feet (42 meters) tall and was once one of the main entrances to the imperial city. The carefully preserved structure is symbolic of Beijing’s cultural heritage, linking the royal imperial domain with the suburban outer city.

The Front Gate was originally built in 1419 and restored in the early 20th century. The complex now consists of just the Gate of True Sun and the grey Arrow Tower, which is also called Jianlou. The rest of the wall has been taken down.

Come here to see one of only a few preserved examples of Beijing’s old fortifications. For a small entrance fee, you can venture inside and see an exhibit about the history of the city. See how the imperial city would have looked at its peak by browsing the old photos and relics on display. The small museum traces Beijing’s development throughout the centuries.

After delving into the capital’s past, climb up the stairs to the top of the structure to see present-day Beijing in full glory. Most buildings in this area are low-level, so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the city’s urban center. It’s also a great location to watch the hive of activity on Tiananmen Square below.

Admire the formidable structure of the Arrow Tower from the outside. Note the large number of windows, once used by guards to keep watch and to shoot arrows at approaching enemies. It is worth coming back here at night, when the buildings are lit up.

For souvenirs, modern fashion and a lunch of Peking duck, dumplings or noodles, visit historic Qianmen Street. This pedestrian area begins at the watchtower and is a major shopping precinct.

Front Gate looms over the southern end of Tiananmen Square. The gate is a short walk from the Forbidden City and close to the Qianmen subway station.


Guide to Exploring around Zhengyangmen


Top Zhengyangmen Flight + Hotel Deals

Best Lodging Options Near Zhengyangmen

See all 1,211 Properties near Zhengyangmen
Beijing Shindom Inn Qian Men
Beijing Shindom Inn Qian Men

Beijing Shindom Inn Qian Men

XI CHENG DISTRICT QIAN MEN XI HE YAN, DAJIE NO. 114, Beijing, PEK
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Xicheng, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 2 mi (3 km). Qianmen Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tian'anmen East Station is 11 minutes.

    Layering Courtyard Hutel Qianmen $161
    Layering Courtyard Hutel Qianmen

    Layering Courtyard Hutel Qianmen

    No. 159, Xi He Yan Street, Qianmen, Beijing, Beijing
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Xicheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Qianmen Street and Dashilan Street. National Centre for the Performing Arts and Forbidden City are also within 2 mi (3 km). Qianmen Station is 6 minutes by foot and Hepingmen Station is 11 minutes.

      Tranquil Downtown Boutique Quadrangle
      Tranquil Downtown Boutique Quadrangle

      Tranquil Downtown Boutique Quadrangle

      MeiShiJie GongZi Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Xicheng, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 2 mi (3 km). Qianmen Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 16 minutes.

        Leo Hostel
        Leo Hostel

        Leo Hostel

        No. 52 West Dazhalan Street, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Xicheng, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, and Wangfujing Street. Tiananmen and Temple of Heaven are also within 2 mi (3 km). Qianmen Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 19 minutes.

          365 inn - Hostel
          365 inn - Hostel

          365 inn - Hostel

          No. 55 Dazhalan Xijie Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Xicheng, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Beijing Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, and Tiananmen. Temple of Heaven and Wangfujing Street are also within 3 mi (5 km). Qianmen Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 19 minutes.

            Manxin Hotel Beijing Forbidden City
            Manxin Hotel Beijing Forbidden City

            Manxin Hotel Beijing Forbidden City

            10 Qianmen West St, Xicheng District, Beijing, Beijing
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Xicheng, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Centre for the Performing Arts and Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hepingmen Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen West Station is 12 minutes.

              Grand Hyatt Beijing $147
              Grand Hyatt Beijing

              Grand Hyatt Beijing

              1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. National Museum of China and Tiananmen Square are also within 15 minutes. Wangfujing Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dengshikou Station is 14 minutes.

                King’s Joy Hotel Tian’anmen Square
                King’s Joy Hotel Tian’anmen Square

                King’s Joy Hotel Tian’anmen Square

                No.81,Meishi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, Beijing
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Xicheng, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen, and Temple of Heaven. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are also within 3 mi (5 km). Qianmen Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tian'anmen East Station is 17 minutes.