Monday, April 30, 2007

South East Corner Watchtower

東南角樓

The Ming dynasty South East Corner Watchtower (Dongnan Jiaolou) is a massive, stone fortification not far from Beijing Train Station.

South East Corner Watchtower

Attached to the tower is a 100m long section of the original inner city walls which run into the restored Ming City Wall and park running to the west.

Inside the fort's impressive red, wooden interior is the Red Gate Gallery (Tel: 6525 1005), which exhibits contemporary Chinese art. The gallery was founded in 1991 by Australian Brian Wallace.

South East Corner Watchtower (Dongnan Jiaolou)

The South East Corner Watchtower was stormed by western forces during the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901) and soldier's graffiti can still be seen carved into the stone walls.

Allied soldiers' graffiti on the stone walls


Access:

Dongnan Jiaolou
9am-5pm
Admission fee
Tel: 8512 1554

Jianguomen or Chongwenmen Subway Stations on the Circle Line. Walk south for about 15 minutes under the railway bridge from Jianguomen Station or walk east for about 15-20 minutes along the Ming City Wall from Chongwenmen Station (Exit B).

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