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Hangzhou Qiantang Gate Relic 2019-03-20


Qiantang Gate used to be the west city gate of Hangzhou from the 12th century  to the 20th century . Originally built in 1148, it was publically used in right through the ages.

Early in the Yuan Dynasty, the troops of Mongolia invaded Hangzhou, and destroyed the Gate of Qiantang, due to their  difficulty in entering the city through the gate. Later, towards the end of the late Yuan Dynasty, it was reconstructed. Again, in the early Republic of China, in the area of Qiantang Gate, a market was established, and then this gate was dismantled again.  

As one of three main west gates into the capital of Hangzhou (in the Southern Dynasty) being nearby the West Lake, Qiantang Gate has the direct historic and geographic relationship with the traditional layout of West Lake Landscape. This site is located on the northeast side of West Lake, exactly at the confluence of Hubin Road and Huancheng Xilu, approximately 90 meters away from the east of West Lake. 

Currently it is carefully preserved as an underground relics. Archaeological excavation began in 2008, and a series of ancient points were discovered, such as the side wall of the gateway and the rammed soils of the city wall.   

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