Every morning, retired locals practice Tai Chi, sing opera and walk backwards in circles in what was once the forbidden grounds of the Ming Palace.
Inside the park stands Wumen, one of Nanjing’s few remaining palace gates, dating back to 1367. Visitors can climb the grey-bricked structure to experience a good view over Yudao to the south, the straight and tree-lined former imperial road.
Wuchaomen is also ground zero for Nanjing’s saxophone association. Fans of the western instrument, mostly elderly retirees, gather here every day to chat and practice.