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Notes on the Geography of China: Tourist Suzhou: Photo 3

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From Wumen and looking to the crude (and ever more crudely blocked) bridge over the entrance to Pan Men--Coiled Gate--whose arch can be made out.  This gate is one of the six shown on the Pingjiang Stele, a stone map of Suzhou (then called Pingjiang) from 1229 A.D.  On it are two gates on the west (Chang and Shu), two on the east (Loo and Feng), one on the north (Qi), and this one on the south.  Of these six, only Pan Men still exists as a water gate; the others have been reduced to road entrances.  Before the 9th century, there was probably another gate on the north and another on the south.   

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