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Xi’an City Wall

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Xi'an, China.

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  • Photo of Xi’an City Wall
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If your travelling to China, chances are you are going to go to Xi’an. It is after all where the Terracotta Warriors reside and the mighty underground army is one of China’s most popular sites.

But the city of Xi’an is worth a visit in it’s own right.

China’s original capital, Xi’an is the oldest city in the country. With a history spanning over 3000 years, Xi’an has gone through many a ruler, seen many a dynasty, was one of the four great ancient capitals of China and was the origin of the famous ancient Silk Route heading west. It’s most famous ruler Qin Shi Huang D, unified China and ruled from it’s city walls. He also made the Terracotta Army using over 700,000 men to create his shrine over 38 years.

The Warriors we have already told you about, but did you know that Xi’an has the most well preserved original wall in all of China? Qin was no stranger to Great Walls, besides commissioning the Terracotta Warriors, he also brought all of the smaller walls of China together to create the Great Wall of China.

Today, there aren’t any Emperors enslaving peasants to build great monuments, but you can imagine what life was like as an sentry or an archer guarding the great city when you rent a bike and cycle around the wall’s entire 17 km. For a mere 20 Yuan for 100 minutes you can rent a bicycle and ride on top of the most intact wall in all of China. Surviving the elements for centuries, Xi’an’s wall even managed to stay intact after the devastating Earthquake of 2008 that killed 70,000 Chinese citizens.

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Written by  Dave and Deb.

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