Panmen Scenic Area (Pan Gate) in Suzhou
The tower was rebuilt in early summer of 1986. Panmen is the only well-preserved water and land gate in Suzhou ancient city, and it is a national 4A tourist attraction.
Chinese Name: 苏州盘门风景区
English Name: Panmen Scenic Area (Pan Gate) in Suzhou
Type: Suzhou Scenic Area, Suzhou famous spots & Artificial attractions
Best Time: All Year Around
Recommended Visiting Hours: 3-4 hours
Location: Located at the southwest corner of Suzhou's ancient city wall, no 2 east street
Why is Panmen Scenic Area So Special?
It is famous for its numerous historic relics and abundant human landscapes and has been listed as a National AAAA Tourist Area. Now, Panmen Scenic Area has become a tourist resort showing the unique historic and cultural features of Suzhou. The scenery area centered on Panmen City Gate consists of many scenic spots. Amongst them, Ruiguang Pagoda, Panmen City Gate and Wumen Bridge are praised as ‘three fine sceneries’.
Where is Panmen Scenic Area
Lying to the southwest of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Panmen Scenic Area was built on the base of some historic sites by using the architectural structure of classical gardens.
Main Attractions of Panmen Scenic Area
Ruiguang Tower is located at the entrance of the scenic spot and is the oldest tower in Suzhou. It is 175.6 feet (53.57 meters) high and is constructed of brick, stone and wood structures with eight sides and seven layers. It is said that the pagoda was built in 247 by sun quan, the famous king who founded the kingdom of Wu during the period of the three kingdoms (220-280) to show his respect for his mother. Unfortunately, in the next thousand years, the pagoda was badly damaged in the war, leaving only its brick body. In 1978, a small pagoda with relics was found on the third floor of Ruiguang Pagoda. Other cultural relics were also found, such as Miaofalian Huajing and bronze Buddha statues written on the Green Paper.
Panmen City Gate
As the center of the scenic area, Panmen City Gate, also known as Pan Men, was founded in the Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period (770-476 BC) and is currently the only well-preserved water and land gate in the world. It consists of a land gate, a water gate, a gate tower, a barbican and two side walls. In ancient times, this was the most important place for the army. Shuangshui city gate is a pioneering work in architectural history. There is a gate on the door, which can be closed and opened with a stone gate at any time to control water and resist invasion. There is a tower on the gate. It was destroyed many times in the war. The existing Panmen Tower was built in 1986 to commemorate the 2500 anniversary of Suzhou’s establishment. The first floor of this tower displays many ancient weapons. The wall is 328 yards (300 meters) long and 16 feet (5 meters) high. Walking along the slope to the north of the city wall, you can see the overall layout of the Panmen gate.
Besides the three fine sceneries, there are many other scenic spots to see around here, such as Premier Wu Zixu’s Memorial Temple, Hall of Sirui, Double-Pavilion Corridor Bridge and Century Bell of Tang.
After enjoying the scenic spots, you will be satisfied with Chinese traditional activities, including bell ringing, boating and acrobatics. In addition, the traditional wedding performance is also very interesting.
Best Time to Travel Panmen Scenic Area
March-April and September-October are the best travel times in Panmen Scenic Area.
But in Hangzhou, there is no season or weather. No matter in spring, summer, autumn and winter, rain or shine, rain or snow, it can conjure up a beautiful appearance. September-November: The weather is crisp in autumn, and sweet osmanthus trees full of Longgui rain are fragrant for ten miles. Before and after the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can watch the spring tide in Qiantang during the day and enjoy the moon in the lake at night. March-May: The spring breeze is warm and the spring water is intoxicating. It is most suitable for strolling along the Suzhou Creek and enjoying the flowers.
How to Get There
- Take bus no. 39, 47, 305, 935, 949, or tourist bus no. 2 or 5 and get off at Panmen Scenic Area North Station.
- Take bus no. 70 or 970 and get off at Panmen Station.
Useful Travel Tips
CNY 40 (daytime)
CNY 40 (night)
|Opening Hours||07:30-17:00; 18:00-20:30|
- If you want to walk longer, be sure to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.
- Whether you are traveling to West Lake or Hangzhou, bicycles are very good choices.
- Beware of drivers and other miscellaneous personnel in the vicinity of the scenic spot, which may deceive tourists to enter the central gate when looking at the plate.
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