Panmen City Gate
Located in the southwest of Suzhou city, Panmen City Gate is the oldest city gate there. It was first built in B.C. 514 as one of eight city gates in the Spring & Autumn Period (770-476 BC) when Suzhou was the capital of the Wu Kingdom. The present gate was reconstructed in 1351, and consists of Water and Land Gates, the City Gate Tower and City Walls at both sides.
It is composed of two water passages, three land passages and the outside gate. The canal outside the gate is the oldest section of the Grand Canal and was built 2,500 years ago. In its vicinity, there is a 1,000-year-old pagoda named Ruiguang Pagoda, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou; and the Wu Bridge, which was at the time the entrance to the gate over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou.
The Panmen Scenery Area has become a tourist resort displaying the unique, historic and cultural features of Suzhou. The scenery area which is centred on Panmen City Gate consists of many beautiful scenic spots.