Ming Palace Ruins Park (Wuchaomen Park)
This park is located on the site of the former palace of Zhu Yuanzhong, first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Built from 1366-84 it was apparently a very impressive palace. It fell into disrepair when the Ming capital was moved to Beijing and was finally destroyed almost completely by fire in the mid 19th Century. Now all that remains partially intact is the Wu Gate (which can be climbed) and the Five Dragon Bridges leading to it. Various stones from the old palace have been arranged in pretty patterns around the grounds. This is a very pleasant park to wander through, but it probably isn’t worth going out of your way to see it.
Admission: ¥1. Open: 6:30-22:30.
Directions: Wuchaomen Park is on the south side of Zhongshan Dong Lu, where it intersects with Ming Palace Rd. Take the subway (Line 2) to Minggugong Station, which is right next to the park.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去午朝门公园, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Ming Palace Ruins Park. Thank you.)