XIAN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: ANCIENT CITY WALL
Xian City Wall is the best-preserved ancient city wall
in China and also the largest and most complete military
facility in the world.
Xian City Wall was built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) expanded
from the city wall remains of the Shui and Tang Dynasty.
The walls are still strong and solid nowadays. Its well-preserved
walls, moat, gates, drawbridge, main towers, watchtowers,
parapet walls and crenels etc display an ancient defense
system in integrity for the tourists today.
Walking around the City Wall takes about 3 hours as the
full length is almost 14 kilometers. There are 15 exits
along the City Wall and 9 of them have tickets offices
and the most convenient and busy gate is the South Gate
(Nan Men). Tourist cars are available on the wall as well
as bicycle-renting at the South Gate (Nan Men) and the
North Gate (Bei Men).
Admission Fee: 40.00
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Different entrance has different opening hours, but the
suggested visiting hours is from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm as
all entrances are open. The most convenient gate is the
South Gate (Nan Men), which opens till 10:00 pm.
to the South Gate (Nan Men): many
buses have stops at the South Gate Bus No. 36, No. 215,
No. 600, No. 603, No. 608, etc.
Bicycle-renting service is available on the Wall. The
rent for twin-seat bicycles is 20.00
per hour and for single seat ones is 10.00
per hour. One circle takes about one hour.
Best time of the day to visit the City Wall is before
dusk when the sunshine is not strong as there is no sun-shelter
There are several beautiful parks besides the City Wall
and all of them are admission-free. The street vendors
inside provide local drinks and fishing facilities. People
can spend a whole day there sitting on a chair or a deck
chair by buying a pot of tea, any drink or do fishing.
|The downloadable .gif file for the name of
the City Wall and the bus-stop for the South Gate written
in Chinese characters and pinyin:
|For the City Wall
|For the bus stop of the South Gate