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"Walk along the top of the city wall" City Wall Tip by mikelisaanna

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

  The Xi'an city wall
by mikelisaanna
  • The Xi'an city wall - Xi'an
      The Xi'an city wall
    by mikelisaanna
  • Mike and Anna on the Xi'an city wall - Xi'an
      Mike and Anna on the Xi'an city wall
    by mikelisaanna

Xian has the best intact city wall of any city in China. It is over 10 meters high and surrounds the old part of the city, with a total length of approximately 14 kilometers. The wall is open to visitors, with steps providing access from a handful of points around the city. We accessed the wall from the South Gate, which has a well-preserved guard tower with good views of the city from its top floor (you have to pass through a few souvenir shops to get to the view).

Not only is the Xi'an city wall intact, but so are its guard towers, which rise from the top of the wall every 1/2 km or so. The moat outside the wall is also intact. At night, the wall is lit up very attractively, with lights along its top edge.

Directions: The wall surrounds the old central section of Xi'an. A good place to access it is from the South Gate.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 2, 2008
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