Yongdingmen Gate Tower in Beijing

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Yongdingmen (永定门) is normally translated as ” Yongding Gate” or “Yongdingmen Gate Tower”.  Here “Yongding” means “Lasting Peace” and “men” literally means “Gate” or “Gate Tower”.

It was the former front gate as well as one of the seven  gates of Beijing’s outer city wall in Ming and Qing dynasties.  Beijing old city wall was mainly composed of four layers – Forbidden City wall, Imperial City Wall, Inner City Wall and Outer City Wall.

Yongdingmen Gate Tower was originally built 1553 in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 – 1644 ).  Yongding Gate is the south starting point of the Central Axis of Beijing which ends at the Drum Tower and Bell Tower in the north.  So,  the Central Axis of Beijing extends 7.8km from Yongdingmen Gate,  passing through  Zhengyang Gate,  Tian’anmen Square;  further from Forbidden City,  Jingshan Hill through  the Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

The Central Axis of Beijing is a classic model of ancient Chinese urban planning, a prominent position in the world history of urban planning and development.  Besides,  the emperors in ancient China believed that they were the center of the world, so all of their palaces should be built on the center of the axis across “the center” from south to north of Beijing.

The local government of Dongcheng District has been working hard to  get the Beijing central axis recognized as a UNESCO world Cultural Heritage.

Yongdingmen Gate was turned down in 1956. It was rebuilt in the year 2004. Now it has been into Yongmen Park,  an open and free park starting from Yongdingmen in the south and Nanwei Road in the north. The green park is 1000 meters long from north to south flanked by such historical buildings as Temple of Heaven and Temple of Agriculture (Xiannong Atar) .

If you are going to walk along the Central Axis of Beijing, the southern tip of Yongdingmen Gate is definitely worth your visiting for a while to view this magnificent Yongdingmen Tower.

There are two large squares – South Square ( South of Yongdingmen Tower) and North Square ( north of Yongdingmen Tower ).  The South Square spans the bridge over the south second ring road.

The South Square spans the bridge over the south second ring road.

The South Square spans the bridge over the south second ring road.

Yongdingmen Gate  Tower is 24 meters and 34 meters high.  Have a close look at the two lions standing in front of the tower.

Look at the two lions of marble carving.

Look at the two lions of marble carving.

The South Square spans the bridge over the second ring road and the old city moat.

The South Square spans the bridge over the second ring road.`1

The South Square spans the bridge over the second ring road.`1

North of Yongdingmen Gate is a 1000 meters long park flanked by two most prominent old buildings  – Temple of Heaven.

The old imperial path is well kept under transparent glass

North of Yongdingmen Gate is a 1000 meters long park flanked by two most prominent old buildings

North of Yongdingmen Gate is a 1000 meters long park flanked by two most prominent old buildings

How to get to Yongdingmen Tower?

Just walk from Qianmen Tower south of Tiananmen Square to Yongdingmen gate.  Or take public buses from Tianqiao to Yongdingmen.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


The Central Axis of Beijing.
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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