"Walk the old city wall" Ganzhou Things to Do Tip by view.finder

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  First entrance, left before the gateway
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  • First entrance, left before the gateway - Ganzhou
      First entrance, left before the gateway
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  • A scenic river walk - Ganzhou
      A scenic river walk
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  • Sign to Bajingtai (八境台) and city wall - Ganzhou
      Sign to Bajingtai (八境台) and city wall
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  • A Song Dynasty wall and modern landscaped grounds - Ganzhou
      A Song Dynasty wall and modern landscaped grounds
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  • Wonderful way to spend a whole day - Ganzhou
      Wonderful way to spend a whole day
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Near the confluence of the two rivers in Ganzhou there is a Song Dynasty city wall that spans most of the eastern section of the city's waterfront. Buses running to the more busy market areas on Zhongshan Lu can be seen below, but there are really fantastic peaceful spots to get away from the beating heart of the city. To the other side of the river you can see the observatory, clock tower and the mountains that make up Ganzhou's rural perimeter.

Dotted along the wall, which can be enjoyed from up on top and below, there are also a number of pavilions and temples from the Ming and Qing periods. The mandatory resting spots and senior citizens partaking in a number of eyebrow raising acitivities best at peak times of the day, but there's always recreation here, great!

Beyond Bajingtai, heading away from the city centre you'll come across some antique and snack stalls. If you spot these it's a good idea to come off the river path and check out what's across the other side of the street as this area of Zhongshan Lu contains some of the old town where there are some of the most beautiful hutongs and ancient details I've seen in China. Turning one corner can unveil roads that seemingly haven't changed in a hundred years. It can come by complete accident that you are gifted with these views into people's lives, indeed their houses. They look at you with the same awe you've got for the period features going on way above eye level.

Address: North and east edge of the city centre
Directions: Buses: 7, K3
Zhongshan Lu (中山路)

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  • Written Oct 15, 2011
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