"City Walls" City Wall Tip by Blatherwick

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  Xian City Wall
by Blatherwick

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.

A really fun way to see Xian and take in the wall is to grab a bike and actually cycle around the ancient city.

Phone: 029-87289791
Website: http://www.xacitywall.com/

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  • Written Aug 4, 2005
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