"Dongbianmen" Top 5 Page for this destination Dongan Men Remains - Imperial Wall Foundation Ruins Park Tip by mke1963

Old Beijing's south-eastern bastion is totally restored, but is one of the best examples of the huge wachtowers that guarded the old city walls. The first and fourth floors are now the Red Gate Gallery, with an exhibition on the history of the gates of Beijing on the third floor (Chinese panels only).
Much of the second floor is a rock shop.
The wall has been heavily restored here, but there is sufficient of the original to get a real feel for the scale of the fortifications. Just by the tower is an large archway which was cut through the wall in the 1920s (?) to allow for the railway to enter the city.
To the north, stretching towards the Ancient Observatory, and to the east, the old wall is being completely rebuilt. The original wall is being carefully incorporated.

The grey walls with regular rectangular window openings form a massive, imposing block.. Entry is now gained up a flight of stairs behind the wall (through the archway) to the main wall.
Inside, the first level is an atmospheric cavernous space stretching right up to the ceiling. The second to fourth levels are wooden galleries along the outer walls.

The tower is at a real transport intersection, overlooking the second ring-road, the Grand Canal and the railway into Beijing Zhan railway station. Security is not keen for people to linger on the wall watching or photographing the trains!
The Grand Canal does not seem to be accessible from the tower, although an array of footbridges get you across the ring road.

Open: 0900-1700 every day, but last tickets are sold at 1630. Tickets are available at the window opposite the stairway.

Access by vehicle to the tower is difficult: the only access is to take the Chongmen sliproad from the southbound second ring-road, crossing into this sliproad well before the railway bridge, and then following this road under the railway, round to the right alongside a wall and up the slip road to where it joins the eastbound road. Just at the junction, you turn right over cobbles and back along a lane.

Address: Chongwenmen Dong
Website: http://www.redgategallery.com

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  • Written Jan 29, 2005
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