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Pan Gate (Pánmén)

Pan Gate (Pánmén) Review

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Dong Dajie, southwest corner of the Old City, Suzhou, 215002 | Map It
  • Phone: 0512/6526–0004
  • Cost: Panmen Gate Y40; Ruigang Pagoda Y6
  • Hours: Daily 8–4:45
  • Location: Suzhou
Updated: 05-28-2013

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