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Xi'an's Ancient City Wall

Explore Xi'an's Ancient City Walls on a holiday to China

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Although walls have surrounded the old city of Xi'an (and Chang’an before it) since the Sui Dynasty (581-617), the one that stands today was constructed in 1370 by Hongwu Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Today it is the oldest, the largest and best preserved city wall and fortification in the whole of China, thanks to the fact that it was well-maintained throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with three other city walls – Nanjing, Xingcheng and Jingzhou.

Enclosing 36 square kilometres of city, the wall is built in the Chinese rampart architectural style, with 98 ramparts placed along its length. At 12 metres tall and 18 metres wide at the bottom, the city wall is one of the Ming Dynasty’s greatest architectural feats. The top of the wall is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city – you can even stroll or cycle the whole perimeter.

Xi'an's Ancient City Wall Holidays

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    • Warriors in Xian
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    Grand Tour of China

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Things To See Nearby

  • Discover Little Wild Goose Pagoda
    Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an exquisite appearance, beautiful craftsmanship and mysterious ambiance.

  • Discover Shaanxi History Museum
    Shaanxi History Museum

    Opened in 1991 and houses artefacts and relics dating back to the Qin Dynasty,

  • Discover Terracotta Warriors
    Terracotta Warriors

    Perhaps the world's greatest archaeological site, a huge subterranean necropolis home to thousands of figures

  • Discover Xi'an Bell Tower
    Xi'an Bell Tower

    One of the grandest, most imposing and best preserved bell towers in the whole of China.

  • Discover Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
    Xi'an's Muslim Quarter

    The hub of Xi'an's Hui community, the Muslim Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of old streets.

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