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"Living Example of Ancient Defensive Fortification" City Wall Tip by Radiomom

City Wall, Xi'an: 64 reviews and 157 photos

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by Radiomom

Xi'an is one of few ancient cities which still have an intact city wall....or at least one of the few that Western tourists are shown. Kevin points out an impressive building on the way and asks us to guess its age -- turns out it is only 2 years old. Xi'an is trying to keep the ancient flavor in their central city and encouraging architects to design new buildings to fit in to the ancient settings. The wall is aproximatelly 8 1/2 miles all the way around, and you could rent bikes or run if you wished (two of our group were athletic -- he a Danish triathlete, his wife was also a runner, and the next morning they ran the wall for exercise!) Kevin provides an excellent lecture explaining the defense of the city, from the moat to the archers’ towers to the command posts. The distance between the guard towers were precisely 120 meters -- which was so that archers could cover the territory effectively without shooting each other (an arrow’s range was 60 meters).

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  • Written Jul 13, 2007
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