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China City Gates and Walls

City gates and walls are ancient defensive structures built to protect the cities. There are some original intact city walls and gates in China. The other cities have re-constructed or remains of the former ancient structures and they are listed according to the prefectures they are located.

North China:
East China:
Northeast China:
Central China:
South China:
Southwest China:
Northwest China:

Beijing

Region:
North China

Imperial City Wall Park

Remains of city wall.

Era:

Location: Dongcheng District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Ming Dynasty City Wall and Gate

Era:

Location: Dongcheng District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Ming Dynasty City Wall and Gate

Era:

Location: Dongcheng District

Province: Beijing Municipality

Guangfu Ancient City

Region:
North China

Changle Gate

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Era:

Location: Zhending City centre

Province: Hebei Province

Changle Gate

Pingyao Ancient City

Region:
North China

Pingyao City Wall

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Era:

Location: Pingyao County, Jinzhong Prefecture

Province: Shanxi Province

Guangfu Ancient City

Region:
North China

Guangfu Ancient City

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Era:

Location: Yongnian County, Handan Prefecture

Province: Hebei Province

City Wall

Beitang Ancient Town

Region:
North China

Beitang Ancient Town Gate and Wall

A reconstructed town gate.

Era:

Location: Haibin New Area District

Province: Tianjin Municipality

Nanjing City

Region:
East China

Xuanwu Gate

There are a total of 13 gates around the city.

Era:

Location: Nanjing City centre

Province: Jiangsu Province

Nanjing Changgan Gate

Suzhou City

Region:
East China

Suzhou Xiang Gate

An ancient city gate and wall reconstructed in 2012.

Era:

Location: Suzhou City centre

Province: Jiangsu Province

Suzhou Ping Gate

A reconstucted city gate and wall located at the river bank opposite the Suzhou South railway station. It was demolished in 1958 and reconstruction in 2011.

Yangzhou City

Region:
East China

Yangzhou East Gate

Era: Song Dynasty

Location: Yangzhou Prefecture

Province: Jiangsu Province

Yangzhou East Gate

Dongguan Street City Wall Ruins

Yangzhou City

Region:
East China

Yangzhou East Gate

Era: Song Dynasty

Location: Yangzhou Prefecture

Province: Jiangsu Province

Yangzhou East Gate

Dongguan Street City Wall Ruins

Lishui City

Region:
East China

Nanming Gate

Era:

Location: Lishui City

Province: Zhejiang Province

Nanming Gate

Nanming Gate

Liyang Gate Park

Remains of a section of the city wall.

Quzhou City

Region:
East China

Quzhou Lixian Gate

Lixian Gate is at the other end of Fangmen Street.

Era:

Location: Quzhou City

Province: Zhejiang Province

Quzhou Shuiting Gate

The gate and city wall is along Qiantangjiang River

Jinhua City

Region:
East China

Baoning Gate

Era:

Location: Jinhua City

Province: Zhejiang Province

Taizhou City

Region:
East China

Southern Great Wall, Lihai City

Era:

Location: Jinhua City

Province: Zhejiang Province

Southern Great Wall, Lihai City

Southern Great Wall, Lihai City

Southern Great Wall, Lihai City

Chongwu City

Region:
East China

Chongwu City

The city walled was built in 1387 during the Ming dynasty to protect against Japanese pirates.

Era:

Location: Quanzhou Prefecture

Province: Fujian Province

Jinan City

Region:
East China

Liberation Pavilion

The pavilion was built on top of the old city wall to commemorate the liberation of Jinan by People's Liberation Army during the Battle of Jinan in the Chinese Civil War in 1948.

Era:

Location: Jinan City Lixia District

Province: Shandong Province

Qufu City

Region:
East China

Qufu City Gate

Era:

Location: Qufu City Jining Prefecture

Province: Shandong Province

Qufu City South Gate

Qufu City Gate

Qufu City Gate

Qufu Moat

Jimo City

Region:
East China

Jimo Ancient City

A reconstruction of the old city.

Era:

Location: Jimo City, Qingdao Prefecture

Province: Shandong Province

Weifang City

Region:
East China

Kuiwen Gate

Era:

Location: Weifang City centre

Province: Shandong Province

Remains of City Wall

City wall along Bailang River.

Liaocheng City

Region:
East China

Liaocheng ancient city south gate

Era:

Location: Liaocheng City centre

Province: Shandong Province

Shou County

Region:
East China

Shou County City Wall

Era:

Location: Shou County, Huainan Prefecture

Province: Anhui Province

Shou County City Wall

Anqing City

Region:
East China

Old City Wall

Remains of a section of the old city walls.

Era:

Location: Anqing City centre

Province: Anhui Province

Bozhou City

Region:
East China

Bozhou North Gate

Bozhou city wall and gate existed since Yuan Dynasty. The current gate was reconstructed in 1986.

Era:

Location: Bozhou City centre

Province: Anhui Province

Chizhou City

Region:
East China

Chizhou Xiushan Gate

Era:

Location: Bozhou City centre

Province: Anhui Province

Shangqiu City

Region:
Central China

Shangqiu City Gate

Era:

Location: Shangqiu City centre

Province: Henan Province

Wuhan City

Region:
Central China

Uprising Gate

There used to be 10 city gates built during the Ming dynasty. This is the only remaining original city gate.

Era:

Location: Wuhan City Wuchang District

Province: Hubei Province

Xiangyang City

Region:
Central China

Ancient City Gate

One of the gates around the city wall. First built during the Han dynasty period, the remaining walls were built in the Ming dynasty.

Era:

Location: Xiangyang City

Province: Hubei Province

Ancient City Walls

The 2800 years old city along the Han river has a strategic position. The Battle of Xiangyang between invading Mongols and defending Song dynasty last for 6 years. Once the city was lost to the Mongols, Song dynasty ended soon after.

Huanggang City

Region:
Central China

Chuanhan Gate and Yuebo Tower

Chuanhan Gate used to be one of four city gates. This is the only remaining gae and small section of city wall. The rest were dismantled after founding of new China.

Era: Ming Dynasty

Location: Huanggang City

Province: Hubei Province

Ezhou City

Region:
Central China

Ezhou Wuchang Gate

Era:

Location: Ezhou City

Province: Hubei Province

Yueyang City

Region:
Central China

Ancient City Wall

Era:

Location: Yiyang City

Province: Hunan Province

Ancient City Gate

Yiyang City

Region:
Central China

Yiyang Three Kingdom Era City Wall

Era:

Location: Yueyang City

Province: Hunan Province

Yiyang Three Kingdom Era City Wall

Chaozhou City

Region:
South China

Chaozhou Guangji Gate

Era:

Location: Chaozhou City

Province: Guangdong Province

Chaozhou Xiashui Gate

Chaozhou Zumu Gate

Chaozhou Shangshui Gate

Chaozhou City Wall

Huizhou City

Region:
South China

Chaojing Gate

A flood control gate built with design of the former Ming era city gate.

Era:

Location: Huizhou City

Province: Guangdong Province

Dongguan City

Region:
South China

Ying En Gate

Era:

Location: Dongguan City

Province: Guangdong Province

Shenzhen City

Region:
South China

Nantou Ancient City South Gate

Era:

Location: Shenzhen City Nanshan District

Province: Guangdong Province

Nantou Ancient City East Gate

Era:

Location: Shenzhen City Nanshan District

Province: Guangdong Province

Chengdu City

Region:
Southwest China

Chengdu City Wall

The Ming and Qing dynasties era old city wall is along beijiaochang road.

Era: Ming and Qing Dynasty

Location: Chengdu City

Province: Sichuan Province

Chongqing City

Region:
Southwest China

Chongqing Tongyuan Pass

The gate was built in the Song Dyansty. It used to be the only access out of Chongqing for local people.

Era: Ming and Qing Dynasty

Location: Chongqing City

Province: Chongqing Municipality

Xian City

Region:
Northwest China

Xian Drum Tower

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Era:

Location: Xian City Lianhu District

Province: Shaanxi Province

Xian City Wall and Gates

Shuining Gate, the oldest gate in use. The current 600 year old city wall was re-construction during the Ming Dynasty. It is a complete city wall and one of the most intact in China today.

Era:

Location: Xian City centre

Province: Shaanxi Province

Yulin City

Region:
Northwest China

Yulin South Gate

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Era:

Location: Yulin City centre

Province: Shaanxi Province

Yulin South Gate

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Yulin South Gate

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Yanan City

Region:
Northwest China

South Gate

Era:

Location: Yanan City

Province: Shaanxi Province

Xining City

Region:
Northwest China

Xining North Gate

The North gate is part of the city walls and gates built in 1386 to defend the city. The original gate was torn down in the 1950s and this current one was rebuilt in 2007.

Era:

Location: Xining City

Province: Qinghai Province

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