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- Zhonghua Gate
- Alt Name:
- Men Chengbao
- Imperial China
- 1300AD - 1399AD
- Ming Dynasty
- The Old Ming Palace, The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum,
about Zhonghua Gate
Zhonghua Gate, also known as “Men Chengbao” and the “Gate of China” is the vast city gate of Nanjing in China which dates back to the reign of Hongwu, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1398). At that time, it formed part of Nanjing’s 33km long city walls.
With its thick walls, large arched entrance tunnels and inner courtyards designed to trap any enemy who dared to try to the breach this fortification, the Zhonghua Gate was an essential defensive structure. In fact, nobody ever tried to attack this gate, perhaps a testament to its imposing nature.
Some of the most interesting aspects of the Zhonghua Gate are its incredible ramparts, which allowed soldiers easy access to its peak, and the bricks themselves which were signed by their creators, offering a glimpse into the past. Today, the Zhonghua Gate is a popular tourist attraction with a small museum inside and the ability to walk around its walls and battlements.
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Address: Zhonghua Gate, Zhonghua Lu, Nanjing, China
Phone: Contact local tourist office
The Zhonghua Gate is located in the south of Nanjing, near Nanjing South Train Station and is reached by bus number 16 for the centre of the city.
The Zhonghua Gate is open daily, 8am-5pm. Entry costs around 25 Yen.
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