Dongbianmen Watch Tower - Beijing, China
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 39° 54.012 E 116° 25.669
50S E 451087 N 4416837
Quick Description: After the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, Beijing's fortifications were gradually dismantled. Some fortifications of the Imperial city remain intact, including Dongbianmen Watch Tower.
Location: China
Date Posted: 12/7/2012 12:25:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMFWA2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
Views: 7

Long Description:
The Outer city wall was completely dismantled in the 1950s, and the inner walls were torn down starting in 1953.

In 1979, the government called off the demolition of the remaining city walls and named them cultural heritage sites. By this time, the only intact sections were the gate tower and watchtower at Zhengyangmen, the watchtower at Deshengmen, the guard tower at the southeast corner, the northern moats of the Inner city, the section of the Inner city wall south of the Beijing Railway Station, and a small section of Inner city wall near Xibianmen.

When workmen renovated the watch tower gate in 1981, they found bricks and tiles from previous renovations marked with the era names of Jiajing, Longqing, and Qianlong among others. They also found the remains of a mortar shell and bullets - the shell was probably from the Eight Powers during the Boxer Rebellion and the bullets could have been from that period or from the normal course of defense.

The Red Gate Gallery, founded by Brian Wallace, is Beijing’s first private contemporary art gallery and is located inside the Dongbianmen Watchtower.
Type: Remnant

Fee: Yes

Related URL: [Web Link]

Hours: Not listed

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