Yongdingmen was the former front gate of the outer section of Beijing's old city wall. Originally built in 1553, it was torn down in the 1950s to make way for the new road system in Beijing. In 2005, the Yongdingmen was reconstructed at the site of the old city gate.
From south to north it is on the same axis as Qianmen, Tiananmen, Forbidden city, Jingshang Park, drum and bell towers.
Now is disconnected from the original road leading towards the gate and into the city, having instead a nice park to the north and a square on top of the bridge to the south.
Many locals come here to fly kites. I didn't see foreign tourists, only locals
The tower itself is closed unfortunately. It would have been a great chance to see the southern Beijing.
The gate tower and its park are very close to Tiantan (Temple of heaven) and Taoranting park. Both worth a visit if the weather is nice
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