24 Hours Hotline: +86 137-3541-1378
+86 157-0009-4881

Your Location: Home > Suzhou Attractions > Changmen Gate

Changmen Gate

changmen Gate (阊门)

Changmen Gate
Changmen Gate, was the west gate of Suzhou Old Town, leading the way to Tiger Hill and nearby Lingering Garden. It was once called "Golden Changmen", was connected to Changmen Street (today’s Xizhongshi), and is shown in the picture, Bustling Suzhou drawn during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. There was a tower over the gate, resembling that of Panmen Gate.

The outer gate of Changmen Gate was near to the suspension bridge. A rectangular enclosure for defense outside the gate kept another enclosure with a southern catalpa gate and a northern catalpa gate. The southern gate is joined to Nanxin Road, and the northern gate leads to the north wharf. During the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (1851-1864) period, the enclosure of Changmen Gate was destroyed and only the inner city gate and supporting gate remained.

Suzhou_Private_Tours_Suzhou_Travel_Guide_Suzhou_Tour_Guide_Suzhou_Highlights_Changmen_Gate3.jpgIn 1927, the municipal government dismantled the supporting gate and the narrow old city gate and reconstructed a Roman style gate in 1934. The reconstructed Changmen Gate has three gateways with a central one for vehicles and the other two for sidewalks. The Changmen water gate, to the north of the inner city gate, is along the Xiatangjie River. It had wooden fences in 1949 but was dismantled in the 1950s.

Nowadays, only the base of the water gate remains. The stone bridge Julong Bridge outside the water gate was transformed into a mild dam in the 1970s.


Ga Shenxian Festival
Date: 12th-14th Apr (Lunar Calendar)

It is initially derived from the birthday celebration for Lü Dongbin, who is one of the “Eight Immortals” in Chinese mythology. It’s said on his birthday, this well-worshiped god will be embodied into different incarnations, such as a beggar or a vendor, to relieve the suffering of humans.

Folks usually wander back and forth among the crowd in hope of bumping into this disguised immortal. This tradition was registered as an intangible piece of national cultural heritage in 2014.


How to get to Changmen Gate
Bus Routes: Take bus No.31, 54, 501 and get off “Changmenhengjie” stop

Admission Fee: Free
Opening time: 6:00-22:00
Time for Visit: 1-2 Hours

Questions & Answers or Review
* Full Name
* E-mail
* Title of your review
* Your review

The following Suzhou Private Tours may also interest you!

 Private Tour: One Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill

Tour Style:One Day Classic Suzhou Tour is the most popular suzhou day tour chosen by all our clients from these years.

View Details
From $65 p/p
One Day Suzhou Garden Tour

Duration:6-8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of Nets Garden, Surging Wave Pavillion, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill

Tour Style:Appreciate Chinese classic gardens and learn how to design a garden from suzhou local tour guide.

View Details
From $75 p/p
Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Lingering Garden, Take Riskshaw, Private Boat Cruise on Grand Canal, Shantang Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

Tour Style:This private Suzhou tour is the best chioce for visitors who want to spend one day to do Shanghai side trip, is an essential trip to explore the old part of Suzhou, get close to Suzhou people & local lifestyle, moreover, visit some famous Chinese classic Gardens can not missed.

View Details
From $97 p/p
All Inclusive Private Suzhou One Day Tour with Classic Garden

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Shantang Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill

Tour Style:All inclusive suzhou one day tour includes lingering gardens, panmen gate, hanshan temple, shantang street, suzhou silk factory with our suzhou tour guide and private transfer.

View Details
From $75 p/p
Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou Silk Factory, Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town includes the highlights in Suzhou city Tongli Town with private tour guide.

View Details
From $75 p/p

Live Chat

Certificate of Excellence


China Private Tours-Day Tour

Certificate of Excellence


China Private Tours-Day Tour

Certificate of Excellence


China Private Tours-Day Tour

Your Idea of Your Trip
(>11 years old)
(2 - 11 years old)
(< 2 years old)
Date of trip
Hotel Class
Any specific requests/interests?
Contact Information

(Your Privacy is Protected)

Full Name: *
E-mail: *
Your Age: *
Nationality: *
Contact Phone Number: *


1 to 1 tailor-made service from our professional travel advisors for the most sophisticated


Constantly excellent reviews for attraction, hotel and service Competitive price

Value Guarantee

Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants

Stress-free Guaranteed

7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured

Who choose us


We accept:

We accept


Copyright © 2017 Suzhouprivatetour.com All rights reserved.