It is nice to see this site in photos, but when you see it in person it takes on a whole new meaning. Quite an imposing landmark. Yes it was crowded, but the space is so big that you can still easily take plenty of great photos. The fountains in the front help to “frame” the gate. Thinking back in history to when it was used by the Emperor helps to put it into perspective of the importance of this site. Our private tour guide explained it in detail to us - I would recommend a guide to help you appreciate this more.