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Panmen City Gate

Panmen City Gate Travel Guide

Locating at the southwestern of Suzhou, Panmen City Gate It is the only well preserved water-and-land city gate in the world now.  It was listed into Protected Cultural Site by Suzhou Government in 1963, and the sixth patch of National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit in 2006.

The gate was originally built in Spring and Sutumn Period in 513 B.C and the present preserved gate was repaired in large scale in Yuan Dynasty of the year 1351 and partially repaired in Ming and Qing Dynasty. It has more than 2500 years history. It is the only well preserved water-and-land city gate in the world now. The current gate was reconstructed in 1351. It consists of Water and Land Gates, city gate tower and city walls at both sides. Now the gate is coverred by moss and plants, which add more historical atmosphere. Panmen Gate is the only one well-preserved ancient gate tied for land and water. It was a great achievement in the old time to war armament and flood control.


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