XI'AN CITY WALL

Xi'an City Wall

Xi'an, China

Many cities in China had walls to protect them at some point in their past, but the ancient Xian City Wall is among the best-preserved in the country. The building of the wall started during the Tang Dynasty, but it was Zhu Yuanzhang from the Ming Dynasty who finished the construction.

Thanks to his extension, the wall became one of the largest in the ancient world. It is 40 feet tall, 45 feet wide and 50 feet thick. Its total length is almost 8.5 miles and it is surrounded by a deep moat with ramparts that were used as defensive posts by the soldiers.

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