Zhonghua Gate Castle

This imposing gate at the southern end of the City Walls, right on the Qinhuai River is the best spot to climb the wall due to the fascinating construction of the gate. Built on the remains of the old Tang Dynasty south gate and standing at a height of 21 meters, Zhonghua Gate features four archways capped with towers. Each archway had a 1 ton gate that could be dropped to trap attacking soldiers (at which point they would be ambushed and promptly slaughtered). Another interesting feature of the gate is the 27 tunnels built into the castle proper, which were used to store weapons, food and soldiers ready for ambush. Be sure to peer down the tunnels – many of them hold interesting displays or old weaponry, while others are empty but very atmospheric to walk through.

Admission: ¥25. Open: 9-17

Directions: Walk directly south along Zhonghua Lu from Sanshanjie subway station to reach the gate (about 15 minutes). Or show a taxi driver the Chinese above.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去中华门城堡, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Zhonghua Gate Castle. Thank you.)