About Panmen Gate

Panmen Gate is the oldest city gate of Suzhou and it is the only existing water and land gate in China. Panmen Gate is located on the south-west corner of the main canal in Suzhou. It was built during the Warring States period. It is around 2,500 years old. The history and culture of Suzhou have been influenced heavily after the construction of the gate. The main architectures in Panman Scenery Area, such as ancient city wall and Ruiguang Pagoda have been repaired as they had heavily depreciated over the years. Halls, ancestral temples, ponds, and rockeries have also been reconstructed, and pavilions, bridges, and caves newly built. The scenic area has been a popular historical and cultural tourist attraction with featured Suzhou style designs.

Must See

  • The city wall linking Panmen Gate
  • The renovated Panmen Gate Scenic Area
  • The prestigious Ruiguang ancient Tower and the famed ancient Wumen Bridge.
  • It offers a full view of the entire gate and the structure; crenellations, gun perforations, cannon holes, water-gate, and courtyard for fireproofing are all visible.

How to reach

Take bus no. 39, 47, 305, 935, 949, or tourist bus no. 2 or 5 and get off at Panmen Scenic Area North Station.

Private transportation: Head east toward 银泰路-Continue onto 姑胥桥/道前街-Continue onto 东大街- Destination.

Taxi: Approximate cost: One-Way from ¥20 - ¥24


  • Wheelchair assistance is available.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Children need to be accompanied at all times.
  • Tour guides are available on site and speak in many languages.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Best time to visit the site is during the early morning and evening.
  • It is a perfect vantage point for viewing the sunset.
  • Pre-plan transport as parking is not easily available.

Visit Time

Sunday:        7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday:        7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:       7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:       7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday:           7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:       7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Per Person: CNY40

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