Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park (明城墙遗址公园)

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Chongwenmen Dongdajie Free

Nearly 600 years ago, the Ming emperor Yongle moved his capital from Nanjing to Beijing. After constructing the Forbidden City, he built a 40km wall to keep out the Mongols.

Sadly, all that’s left of it today is a 1.5km stretch, which together with a narrow stretch of grass and flowers makes up the unimaginatively named Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park.

Normally you have to contend with the roar of traffic tearing down neighbouring Chongwenmen Dongdajie. But since the park is open 24 hours, head there before most people go to work and you’ll have some alone time with China’s imperial past.

Venue name: Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park (明城墙遗址公园)
Opening hours: 24 hours
Admission: Free; tower 10RMB
English address: Chongwenmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区崇文门东大街
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