"Pan Men (Panmen Gate)" Suzhou Things to Do Tip by chatterley

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by chatterley

This gate ("men" means "gate") is one of the oldest and best-preserved land and water gate in China today. It is as old as the Suzhou city itself, and has been around for about 2500 years. The image of this gate has become a symbol of Suzhou, and is incorporated into the city's logo.

Gates such as these were traditionally used to protect the city, and is usually accompanied by a moat. In the picture, parts of the gate has been covered by vegetation (the green walls are parts of the gate).

The pagoda in the background is the "Ruiguang Pagoda", see my next tip.

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  • Written Dec 19, 2006
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