Allied troops marching toward the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City 盟軍進入北京故宮午門

After suppressing the Boxer Rebellion, allied troops made their way to the Forbidden City - determined to penetrate the heart of the Celestial Empire. Here, foreign troops approach the Meridian Gate, the City's main entrance. The Emperor Dowager and her entourage had already fled through another gate disguised as peasants.
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