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Yongdingmen, Beijing

Yongdingmen was the former front gate of the outer section of Beijing's old city wall during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, originally built in 1553.

Yongdingmen was the former front gate of the outer section of Beijing's old city wall during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, originally built in 1553. It was demolished in 1956 for the new road system in Beijing, and a new Yongdingmen was reconstructed at the site of the old city gate in 2004. The entrance to the 34 metre high gate tower is flanked by 2 Chinese guardian lions.


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About Yongdingmen

 Yongdingmen E St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Yongdingmen and Nearby Sights on Map

Beijing Museum of Natural History

Large museum with a lot of information on nature, but some of the exhibitions are a bit old fashioned

Song Tang Zhai Museum of Traditional Chinese Folk Carving

This is a small privately owned museum showing carvings in doors, furniture, other wood and stone

Museum of Ancient Architecture

Museum with a model of Beijing ancient city as well as exhibits of Beijing's ancient architecture

Taoranting Park

A former hangout for literati, while most other Beijing parks were for imperial families only

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven, to the south-east of the Tiananmen Square, is the site where the emperor prayed every year for a bountiful harvest and fair weather

Qianmen

Built in 1419 as the front gate of the inner city wall

Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

Museum with a large model of the city, historical pictures from the city and also other exhibitions with relation to the layout and structure of Beijing

Legation Quarter

Once famous in the Boxer Rebellion, the legation quarter is now occupied by government offices and army offices but can still be seen from outside

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Mao's mausoleum

Monument to the People's Heroes

The monument documents key events in modern Chinese history