The Taihe Gate or 太和门 shot in 1900 during the invasion of the 8 nation Alliance. After several talks the foreign invaders have agreed with the Chinese government that during the invasion we will not occupied the forbidden city. This is why when you look at photos of the forbidden city during this period of time (1900-1901), the palace seems to be abandoned or covered in grass. However the forbidden city still suffered from the mass looting of the invaders. As general Alfred Graf von Waldersee or 瓦德西元帅 commander of the German army during this invasion suggested that, "since we come all this way to Beijing, everyone person including the soldiers should get a chance to grab some souvenirs while we talk a final tour around the palace." At the time the invasion started, the leader of China at the time Empress Dowager CIXI or 慈禧皇太后 had run all the way to 陕西 or SHANXI more then 1000KM away from Beijing. CIXI extremely missed her life back in the palace as when she left Beijing, she left in such a hurry that she hardly packed anything, and so she ended up starving and even had to beg for food during her escape. Eventually CIXI agreed to all terms the invaders put out in exchange the invaders will return the capital back to the Chinese government. Over 19 terms were put out by the invaders during this war to the Chinese government some of them are: One pay all 8 nations during this invasion for a total of 335 million dollars around 400 million today. Two China must stop importing western firearms for at least two years and allow troops of the 8 nations to stay in China for long term. Three kill all Chinese officials that were involved in this war about more then 100 was involved.