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Stop 3: Wu Gate （午门或午朝门）
It's worth sparing an hour to walk northward from Dongshui Guan to Wu Gate.
The route passes through some of the widest ancient streets in Nanjing.
Yudao Jie street was the exclusive carriageway of Ming emperors -- you'll find Wu Gate located at its terminus.
The stone gate heralds the entrance of the Ming Imperial Palace, which is believed to have served as the blueprint for the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The majority of the defunct palace has been transformed into a green space open to the public.
The park itself contains a restored gate, an original inner moat, ruins of the Hall of Praying to Heaven and a stonewall with intricate Ming-era carvings of fabled animals.
This is a good place for people watching.
Nanjing is at its most lively here, with sword-dance performers, chess players and tai chi students filling up every corner.
Strangely, the doorway of Wu Gate has become a meeting point for the local saxophone community.
On weekend afternoons, you can find dozens of saxophone enthusiasts blasting out mini-concerts in the shadow of imperial power.