Traffic into Old Suzhou came both by road and canals, so the city's gates were designed to control access by both land and water. This gate—more of a small fortress—is the only one that remains. In addition to the imposing wooden gates on land, a double sluice gate can be used to seal off the canal and prevent boats from entering. A park is filled with colorful flowers, in contrast to the subdued hues in the city's traditional gardens. You can climb the Ruiguang Pagoda, a tall, slender spire originally built more than 1,000 years ago.
1 Dong Dajie, southwest corner of the Old City, Suzhou, 215002, China