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China, Xian, the rising sun over the city wall in the morning haze gave me the impression of the traditional Chinese paintings.

 

Xian, during the Ming dynasty, in 1370 a new city wall built surrounding the city & remains intact still today. The Xian City Wall of the ancient capital of China, also known as the fortifications of Xian enclosing a city centre area of approximately 14 square km with 18 city gates, is one of the oldest, largest, best preserved & complete Chinese city walls. The rectangle of the wall is also one of the largest & most complete ancient Military Defence Systems in the World.

 

After the establishment of the Ming dynasty in January 1368 in the city Nanjing, reigning 276 years, 1368–1644, the existing wall was rebuilt. Zhu Yuanzhang began to enlarge the wall, forming today's scale of the Xian City Wall, built initially during the old Tang Dynasty, 618 – 907.

 

The wall now stands 12 mtr heigh 12-14 mtr wide at the top, 15-18 me wide at the bottom. The north & the south wall 4,23 km each, the shorter east & the west wall of the rectangular 2,64 km each side, the wall covers 13.74 km in total length with a deep trench surrounding it. Every 120 mtr there is a flanking tower, which extends out from the main wall, altogether there are 98 ramparts. The distance between every two ramparts is just within the range of an arrow shot from either side. On the outer side of the city wall, there are 5,948 crenulations, namely battlements.

 

Besides the wall, the bell-& the drum tower, there are many other historic locations in & around Xian. The region is best known for the terracotta soldiers, the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor with the incredible “Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum” located about 35 km east of Xian.

In the city centre daily after 6 pm opens the “Muslim Food Street “with countless food shacks along the street behind the “Drum Tower”, a must when visiting Xian.

 

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Taken on December 7, 2008