Between the Chengzhen Gate next to the Imperial Vault of Heaven and this outer gate leading to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the Vermilion Steps Bridge. Also called Danbiqiao, this 1,181 foot promenade slopes up towards the north, signifying the long path from earth toward heaven. Its 96 foot width is divided into three sections. The slightly raised center was considered sacred. The east course was reserved for the emperor. The other was used by court officers, princes and attendants.