Xian City Wall

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Xi'an City Wall
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Wall roadway

There is an 11 meter (30 foot) wide roadway on top of the wall. It was designed to allow a large number of soldiers to move rapidly to any section that was being attacked.

Today, the roadway is a promenade enjoyed by strolling tourists (good views) and bicyclists (you can rent bikes on the wall).


The Xi'an city wall was constructed in 1378. It replaced a city wall that was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).


Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southeast of Beijing.

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