Zhonghua Gate (Zhonghuamen Castle), Nanjing

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Reminiscent of a castle, Zhonghua Gate (Zhonghuamen Castle) has long served as a strategic protection against invaders. The best preserved gate in Nanjing, the ancient capital of China, stands as a monument to the architectural genius of the Ming dynasty. Explore the complex, 27-vault structure, known as the "treasure gate" because of the military provisions kept by the soldiers who lived here. Climb to the top of the wall to enjoy the cityscape of Nanjing under the glow of the red lanterns that line the aisles. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the history and construction of the gate. Work out when and for how long to visit Zhonghua Gate (Zhonghuamen Castle) and other Nanjing attractions using our handy Nanjing trip itinerary planner.
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  • July 13, 2017
    We loved it. . It is something that must see if you are in Nanjing... but have to give good legs. .. stairs and more stairs to see everything... that Yes, it is worth everything in China is worth to see it.
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  • June 11, 2017
    An unexpected treasure. The gate, an entrance to four subsequent gated courts inside the city-girding Ming Wall leads you to an incredibly constructed upper level with very instructive exhibits and ha...  more »
  • May 3, 2017
    We walked here from the Laomendong village. I really enjoyed it here, seeing the gates up close and reading how it worked was really interesting. You can then walk up to the middle level, where they h...  more »

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