The Zhong Hua Gate is the Southern gate of Nanjing. The construction of the castle took twenty-one years from 1366-1387. It was built early in the Ming Dynasty. The gate was rebuilt over and over because it kept on collapsing, the gate stopped collapsing when a treasure bowl was buried under the gate. In 1366, Zhu Yuanzhang began builging a wall around the city of Nanjing to defend it from attack. The structure of the gate is pretty complex. It has three closed courtyards and four arched doors that serve as the entrance. 27 tunnels were built in the castle to store food, weapons and 3000 soldiers. There is also steep ramps on the west and east sides of the gate. The structure was built with bricks that were put together from lime, sticky rice juice and tung oil. The brick builders were told to mark their names on each brick. One reason why the gate is still so remarkable today is also because you can still see the Chinese characters on many of the bricks!
|Zhong Hua Gate entrance!|
|Chinese writing on the bricks!|
|Second floor of the gate|
|The steep ramp on the east side of the gate|
|Looking down from the second floor|
|Steep ramp on the west side!|
|At the very top of the gate. There was a beautiful sunset! It's hard to|
capture a moment like this in China! I've missed this beauty!