Deshengmen embrasured watchtower is one of the two embrasured watchtowers of Beijing inner city in Ming and Qing Dynasties that preserved till present. In history, it was called as military gate and is the important entrance of Beijing to Saibei. In Zhongtong 14th Year of Ming Dynasty (the year 1449), the national hero, Yu Qian safeguard Beijing and took Deshengmen as the main battlefield. In Chongzhen 17th Year (the year 1664), Li Zicheng led his peasant army successful entered into Beijing in this place.
Deshengmen embrasured watchtower stands upright in the high circumvallation. Its total height is 31.9 meters. On August 1979, Deshengmen embrasured watchtower was published and listed as Beijing City's Key Cultural Relic Unit. It was refreshed in 1980 and welcomed the tourists to visit there.
In 1993, the country provided the fund to reconstruct the Zhenwu Temple at the Wucheng of Deshengmen. Moreover, Beijing Ancient Coin Museum was built there. It is the sole one coin museum in Beijing area that opened to the out world. It exhibits Chinese ancient coin in different dynasties through the entire years.
Moreover, it also holds temporary exhibition, which is the ideal activity place for the coin collecting peoples to research, collect and interchange.
Beijing Ming and Qing Dynasties circumvallation was built continuously and completed on the basis of Yuandadu. The exhibition displays the original features of Beijing City in the past. There are also exhibitions of the material objects like signal cannons and door locks etc.
Nearly thousand coins are displayed in the museum that ranges from the ""shell coin" in Yinshang Period to paper currency of Zhiyuan Current Money in Beisong Dynasty, and further to the copper round coin in the Republic of China. The various kinds of coins reflect the politics, economy and social reform at that time. It reappeared the history features.
Address: Deshengmen Jianlou, Beierhuan, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Telephone: 010 – 62018073
Open Time: 08:30-16:30
Admission: 4 yuan (US$0.5)
Bus Route: Bus Nos. 44, 5, 55 and 345 or by underground railway, and get off at Jishuitan Station.
(China.org.cn August 5, 2003)