Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park

Covering a total area of 38 acres (16 hectares), the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park runs from the Southeast Corner Tower in the east to Chongwen Gate in the west. The park adopts a simple design and highlights the beauty of the remains of the ancient city wall left in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The most important attractions in the park include the Relics of the City Wall and the Southeast Corner Tower. Also, you will see many tall trees and large areas of grassland when wandering in the park. The city wall relics and the Southeast Corner Tower make up about 8 acres (3 hectares) while the nature area covers 30 acres (12 hectares).

Relics of the City Wall

Entering the park, you will first be attracted by the Relics of the City Wall, which was first built in 1419 and said to be as long as 24.9 miles (40 kilometers). Sadly, as time passed, many sections of the wall were torn down. The remaining section between the Southeast Corner Tower and Chongwen Gate measures only 0.9 mile (1.5 kilometers). Once a part of Beijing's inner city wall, it was built during the reign of the Ming Emperor Jiajing (1521-1566). Although the wall is broken and incomplete, you can still glimpse Beijing history through it.

Southeast Corner Tower

Walking to the east end of the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park, you will see the Southeast Corner Tower. It was constructed in 1436. Soldiers used to watch for enemies and shoot arrows from the tower during wars. The double-eave corner tower is about 98 feet (30 meters) high and L-shaped when seen from above. The roof is embellished with green glazed tiles. The ridge of the roof is decorated with sculptures of animals and immortals. The most impressive fact is that there are as many as 144 shooting holes which are evenly distributed on the four sides of the tower. As the largest of all the existing corner towers in China, it was listed as a key historical and cultural relic under state protection in 1982.
 

Activities

There are about 1,000 plum trees including 50 different species in the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park. In spring, the park is filled with the fragrance of plum blossoms. Since the fresh and elegant plum blossoms contrast well with the ancient and solemn city wall, a great number of tourists visit the park to appreciate the beautiful flowers. During the plum blossom period in late March or early April, a series of activities is held, including the teaching of the popular science of plum blossoms, plum blossom photography competitions for teenagers, and indigenous performance by ethnic minorities. All the activities are very interesting and popular.

Moreover, the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park has become a popular gathering site for local people. They perform Tai-Chi, go jogging, play chess, chat with friends, play the Chinese fiddle, walk dogs, and dance happily. For those who want to learn about the daily life of Chinese people, this is a great place to go. If you are interested, you can join them and have a great time!

How to travel to the park

 By Subway:
1. Take subway line 2 or subway line 5, and get off at Chongwenmen Station. Leave from Exit B, and walk east for about two minutes.
2. Take subway line 1, and get off at Jianguomen Station. Leave from Exit C, and walk south for about 800 yards (730 meters);
3. Take subway line7, and get off at Guangqumennei Station. Leave from Exit B, and walk north for about 900 yards (823 meters).

 By Bus:
Take bus 29, 39, 43, 44 Inner, 44 Outer, 59, 525, 674, or Special Line 2 and get off at Dongbianmen Station.
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Ticket Price Park: Free of charge
Southeast Corner Tower: CNY 10
Opening Hours 8:00-17:30

Nearby Attractions

1. Tiananmen Square
2. Forbidden City
3. Temple of Heaven
4. Temple of the Sun (Ritan Park)
5. China National Post and Postage Museum

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