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Xumen Gate

Xumen Gate, Suzhou (Chinese: 苏州古胥门)

Brief Introduction
Xumen Gate, also known as Guxu Men, is a part of the remains of the ancient city wall. There has been a saying: "The golden Changmen Gate and the silvery Xumen Gate in Suzhou". As a shining pearl regarded by Suzhou people, Xumen Gate is in the great landscape that within a land of good harvest. It was originally built in the Yuan Dynasty to preserve traces of the restoration that was done on the wall in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. In the chaotic and poor times of the Qing Dynasty, carriages and boats were gathered near Xumen Gate to attract tourists in order to make money. Nowadays Xumen Gate is the prosperous and peaceful era, the area around Xumen is evergreen and becoming a tourist attraction in one of the great travel destinations in China, which is an important aid in the study of the history of Suzhou and also one of the most important historical and cultural relics remaining in the Suzhou Canglang district region. 

Xumen is a city gate apart from the Panmen Gate, these are the only two left in the ancient city today. Xumen is height 7.2 meters, three stone archways which are 4.14 meters in height and 11.45 meters in depth for transportation. Auspicious sculptures can be seen on the Xumen wall.

Guxu Men Ancient City Gate is the site of many famous festivals in Suzhou. There is the Lantern Festival at the end of Chinese New Year and the flower festival in March. The Suzhou Tourism Festival Boat Parade also usally begins in April at Guxu Men. 

Events & Festivals
A series of folk and cultural events are usually held in this area during big Chinese holidays like the Lantern Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival. In 2004, the 27th World Heritage Convention was held at the Municipal Planning Exhibition Hall. In 2005, the Suzhou International Tourism Festival, China Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Forum and many other events were held in the Guxu Men area. Guxu Men was also chosen by the CCTV to be the filming location of a TV show which showed the beauty and the history of Suzhou to people all over China. 

Travel Guide

Opening Time: Daily
Admission: free
Address: Guxu Men Ancient City Gate, Wannian Qiao Nan, Suzhou

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Debes Madeleine
Reviewed 05 June 2019
Dragon boat festival in Suzhou

Hello, I'm staying at Suzhou for a while and just happened to hear about the dragon boat festival! so my question is, what is it about? Is there any boat competiton in the city? Where can I see it? How could I enjoy this festival? many thanks

Replied:06 June 2019

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is one of the important Chinese traditional festival, which happens on the 5th of May on lunar month with the history of over 2,000 years. This festival is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan), who lived in the state of Chu during the Warring Stated period. Today, like people in other parts, people in Suzhou also eat Zongzi, drink yellow rice wine and hold dragon-boat races to celebrate the festival. And there are many activities will be held during Dragon Boat Festival.

Such as watching the Boat Race near Jinji Lake. Dragon Boat Competition is highlight of Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. The Jinji Lake Dragon Boat Race was first held in 2010, and was welcomed by citizens and grew rapidly. 

Dragon Boat celebrations wouldn't be the same without Zongzi making. Zongzi-making competition will be held in Cang lang Street this year. Nearly 50 residents from 21 communities in the area of Canglang Street, Gusu District competed against each other for the title of the 'fastest zongzi maker'. Participants' ages ranged from 50 to 70 years of age, with most of them experienced in the art of zongzi making. 

We also provide Suzhou Tour of Dragon Boat Festival, the date of dragon-race is on 7th, June this year.  Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. 

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