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How to explore the other 'great wall' of China? [Copy link] 中文

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Stop 5: Taicheng(南京台城)

Next up is Taicheng, a five-minute walk on top of the wall from Jiefang Gate.

The view from here is breathtaking.

On one side lies Xuanwu Lake, a 3.68-square-kilometer refuge in the heart of the city that's home to best park in Nanjing.

Here, locals share their collective passion for speed-walking along the shore.

On the other side of Taicheng, decorative Cock-crow Temple and sleek skyscraper Zifeng Tower can be framed within the same photo.

The 450-meter-tall Zifeng is the second tallest completed building in mainland China and home to InterContinental Nanjing.

The Nanjing History Museum of the Ming City Wall is located inside the Taicheng wall section -- it's worth a detour for those keen to see more bricks.

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Stop 6: Heping Gate

To find the most complete gate along the Ming City Wall, you'll need to walk along Xuanwu Lake til you reach the northernmost point of the old Nanjing City, which forms a straight north-south axis with Zhonghua Gate on the southern boundary.

Located just to the north of Xuanwu Lake, the fortress, also known as Shence Gate, was a guarded military zone inaccessible to the public for more than seven decades, according to Sun.

As a result, Heping or Peace Gate is the only gate of 13 along the Ming City Wall to have a watchtower that predates 1912, the founding of the Republic of China.

The gate was repurposed as a public park in 2006.

The 1,600-meter stretch of wall between Xuanwu Gate and Shence Gate is a key section of the government's plan to open more of the wall to the public this year.

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