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Panmen Gate, Suzhou

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Part of the 6th-century BCE city wall that once surrounded Suzhou, Panmen Gate now stands as the only well-preserved water-and-land city gate in the world. It leads to a place soaked in history with ancient landmarks, including a pagoda and bridge. Inside the gate tower itself, history beckons among the ancient weapons on display on the first floor, while an extensive view of the whole city awaits you at the top. Once you pass through the gate, absorb the beauty of the carefully designed scenic area as you cross the small bridges over streams full of koi, admire the elegant pavilions, or take a boat tour. Add Panmen Gate to your Suzhou travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Suzhou vacation builder.
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  • Not Suai's most famous view point, its right but just the 蠻 fun. Very few see "water continental Gate" institution building, or having the Happy Valley road to the city wall, some when city host the 趕 foot.
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  • The Panmen Gate is the old gateway in the wall of Suzhou. Located on the corner of the large channel and they tell us that dates back to the warring States period though then redone. Beautiful facility which is now posted in a "scenic area" pleasant to visit that also includes a pagoda.
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  • Free entry if you stay at Pan Pacific hotel through back gate! Excellent, peaceful garden well worth a visit. At South Gate to garden sits the Panmen water and land gates in a stretch of the old city ...  more »

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