EVERYONE has heard about the Great Wall of China! But many people do not know about another famous wall in China. The city wall of Xi’an.
It’s the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The fortifications of Xi’an, China’s ancient capital, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang’an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 14 square kilometres than the first wall. The wall now stands 40 feet tall, 146 feet wide at the top and 60 feet thick at the bottom. It covers 13.7 kilometres in length with a deep moat surrounding it.
Encircling the rectangled city center of Xian, the City Wall has 18 city gates, but they are not all open for visitors. Visitors can choose the nearest city gate according to location. but no matter which gate you choose, you can tour the whole circle of the wall. A great option and many tourists do this is bicycle on the city wall. The South Gate is the most time-honored and magnificent one among all the city gates. We stayed at the Bell Tower hotel close to the Bell Tower, and it was just a 10 minute walk along South Street to get to the South Gate of the wall. We spent time exploring the wall this morning even though the skies were grey and overcast with forecast of rain.
Our favourite thing… a bicycle ride around the wall!!