Xi'an City wall - travel tips on must try activities
Xi'an City Wall is located in the center of the ancient city in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. Consisting of four gates (South, North, East and West gates), the total length of the Xi'an ancient wall circle is 13.7 km. (8.5 mi.). You can get into and out of the city wall from any of the 4 gates. The ancient wall forms a closed rectangular circle. Consider it a ring road if you like.
The most popular activity among WindhorseTour clients is a 2-hour bicycling along the paved roads of Xi'an City Wall. You can choose to stroll around the wall which takes around 6 hours. Read on more travel tips to learn the history, opening time and bicycle renting information of the Xi'an City Wall.
This rectangular wall measures twelve meters in height, eighteen meters in thickness at the base and 15 m. (49 ft.) at the top with a circumference of 11.9 m. (39 ft.). The wall is very thick and not so tall; many people think of a wall as high first and thick second.
It was originally built in Ming Dynasty during the reign of Hongwu Emperor (1374-1378) with the purpose of guarding the city from potential aggressors.
Although the City Wall has gone through 600 years of history, it remains the oldest and best preserved defensive fortification in China.
Every 120 m. (394 ft.) a tower is built to prevent enemies from climbing up the wall. There are in total 98 towers to serve this purpose.
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Besides, 5,984 battlements with many crenels were also fortified for soldiers at that time to observe the enemies and launch attacks before they are attacked first.
Actually, ancient City Wall is more than that. The strong defensive line extends to a series of military fortification including the moat, the suspension bridge, the watchtower and the parapet wall.
Since 1983, restoration work has been carried out by the government and the destroyed East gate, suspension bridge and arrow tower have been pulled together to create an Around-city Park where all kinds of recreational activities are held nowadays.
This magnificent City Wall is now one of the most attractive and significant historical sites in ancient Xi'an city.
Final travel tips for you: the opening hours of Xi'an City Wall are from 08:00-21:30 in spring and summer, 08:00-19:00 in autumn and winter. Ticket price for Xi'an ancient City Wall is 54 RMB (9 USD).
You can rent bicycles on the City Wall to make your trip more enjoyable. Tandem bicycles are also available. The price for renting a regular bicycle is 40 RMB (6.7 USD) for 2 hours. The price for a tandem bicycle is doubled. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Xi'an old town!
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