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Cycling on the Xi’an City Wall

The city wall of Xi’an has a history of more than 600 years. When you climb the city wall, overlooking Xi’an from all angles, the ancient buildings like the Bell Tower and Drum Tower inside the city are antique; the tall buildings and traffic outside the city wall are abundant. Looking at the city inside and outside, you can feel the inner impact of history and culture on modern civilization. At this moment, you can actually feel the mingling between the heaviness inside the city walls and the advanced civilization outside the walls.

Xi’an City Wall is one of the most intact ancient city wall structures in China. The existing wall was expanded from 1370-1378 AD and has a history of more than 600 years. The Xi’an City Wall is mainly divided into four main gates: East, South, West, and North, with the South Gate being the most prosperous. In addition to the four main gates, there are 14 other city gates, for a total of 18 gates. It was expanded based on the Sui and Tang imperial walls in the 6th century AD, with a closed rectangular outline and a perimeter of 13.74 kilometers. The wall is 12 meters high, 18 meters wide at the bottom, and 15 meters wide at the top, and its thickness is greater than its height.

Xi’an City Wall

Riding on the city walls, you can slowly explore the secrets of this ancient city. It was once glorious, then gradually fell behind, and now it is rising again. At the foot of the wall, people live a joyful and peaceful life, old people walking in the morning, people buying vegetables in the morning market, and children toddling around. If you climb the wall in the evening, the ancient city wall at sunset complements the sunset beautifully. At night, the lights of the ancient city wall are so bright that it is as if you have instantly traveled back to the heyday of the Great Tang Dynasty. The deeper the night, the more intense the sense of time travel.

Xi’an City Wall at Night
Life under the City Wall