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How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Don’t miss Zhonghua Gate (中华门) , the largest ancient city wall gate complex in China. The massive city wall gate is a historical relic left by Zhu Yuzhuang, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dynasty (1638 -1644) There used to be 13 gates along the over-30km ancient city wall of the Ming Dynasty.

The name of Zhonghua Gate was changed for several time. Firs named “south gate” since it was located on the south of the city. It is also known as Jubaomen “Gathering Treasures Gate”.  In 1931 when the Republic of China government set Nanjing as its capital, the gate was named Zhonghua Gate ( the Gate of China ).

To get there, just take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Zhonghua Gate (中华门).

The city gate castle has 3 inner cities connected by four arched gates with its dimensions 118.5 m from east to west, and 128 m from south to north. Each inner city had holes to hide soldiers. Each gate was equipped with a Qianjinzha ( Heavy Gate ) which could be opened up and down.

The Zhonghua Gate has gong through wind and rain for 600 years. It still keeps it original appearance though much of its wooden structures destroyed. Zhonghua Gate is a master piece of China’s ancient engineering project of complex and intricate design, which has a prominent place in the wall construction history in China.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

On each side of the gate, there are two large ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate castle.
 ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate

ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate

The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.
The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.

The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.

Brick stairs leading up to the top
Brick stairs leading up to the top

Brick stairs leading up to the top

On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.
On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.

On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.

On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.
On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.

On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.

The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate
The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate

The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate

The ancient cannons on the top
The ancient cannons on the top

The ancient cannons on the top

The Nanjing ancient city wall
The Nanjing ancient city wall

The Nanjing ancient city wall

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Nanjing 2 Day Highlight Tour  from US$190 p/p
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Further Readings


Nanjing Massacre Museum: The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese forces of aggression from December 13 to January, 1938.
Nanjing Presidential Palace:a must-visit sight if you are interested in the modern history of China
Ming Xiaoling Tomb:the burial site of the Hongwu Emperor, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dyansty ( 1368-1644 ).
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum:Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who stablished the Republic of China.
Linggu Temple Scenic Area:The Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge:Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength.
Fuzi Temple ( Confucius Temple ): A famous local walking area to touch Nanjing’s past and present.
Zhonghua Gate: a renowned ancient city gate in China and the largest ancient city wall gate in the world.
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum: The museum shows the maps, pictures and captions to tell the progress and history of Taiping Army.

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