Old City Wall Xian

The City Wall of xianThe City Wall of xian is an extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure. The Xian City Wall is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but its also one of the largest and most complete ancient military systems of defense in the world. The city walls here were actually built on the fortifications of the Tang Forbidden City.

Located in the central area of Xi'an city, the Xi'an City Wall which built in Ming Dynasty stands 12 meters high. It is 12- 14 meters across the top, 15-18 meters thick at bottom and 13.7 kilometers in length. It is divided into several important parts such an the rampart, the gate tower, the suspend bridge, the watch tower, the moat and so on. The Ming Dynasty City Wall formed a complex and well-organized system of defense. The city wall itself is a true display of the ability and wisdom of the working people in ancient times.

History

When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should 'built high walls, store abundant food supplies and take time to be an Emperor,' so that he could fortify the city and unify the other states. After the establishment of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang followed his advice and began to enlarge the wall built initially during the old Tang dynasty (618 -907), creating the modern Xian City Wall. 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.

It is also the most complete city wall that has survived through China's long history. The city wall itself is a true display of ability and wisdom of the working people in ancient times. It privides invaluable and substantial material for study of the history ,military science, and architecture of the Ming Dynasty

Admission Fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 19:00 (Spring and Summer), 08:30 to 17:00 (Fall and Winter)
Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 hours
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