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“If you ride it, be careful!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient Wall of South Gate of Yan'an

Ancient Wall of South Gate of Yan'an
South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710000, China
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Ranked #7 of 249 attractions in Xi'an
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings
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“If you ride it, be careful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is a great experience but if you opt to ride the walls (13.7 kms) be aware that there is significant earthquake damage in parts and stones missing all over the place so it's a really bumpy ride. You need to stop and look at the views as you dare not take your eyes off the surface ahead. Bikes are sturdy (necessarily!) and in good condition and quite cheap for such a unique experience. We took an hour and 20 minutes to cover the four walls and that was travelling fairly quickly with a few photo stops along the way. Would recommend others allow more time. Some nice bars below when you get off the bike! Great experience.

Visited April 2013
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“Hardcore Paddling and Bumpy Ride on the Ancient Wall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Really enjoyed the bike ride on the Ancient Wall. The view is magnificent. However, the bricks on the ground were quite broken, the bumpy ride doesn't help when you are rushing to return the bike within 100 minutes. It's some hard work if you don't want to be penalized.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely structure - go during the night!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Visit the wall if Xi'An after sunset or in the night. Absolutely gorgeous stroll with red lanterns lit up blending really well with the lit walls and the close by Bell Tower and Drum Tower which are also lit. Strolling or cycling on the wall is a wonderful experience. Long walk too though so bring drinks! This costs about 30 Yuan to get in.

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Beijing, Beijing, China
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“Bicycling the old city wall of Xi'an”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

On our last day in Xi'an we decided to do a bicycling tour on the old city wall, the temperature was 40 degree Celsius but we did the whole tour around the wall, it gives you a good view over the city, make sure to have drinking water with you, and after going back into the city you can enjoy a nice cold beer!

Visited May 2012
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“Formidable structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We hired bikes to cycle around the wall, the time allocated seemed fine but if you stop to take photos etc. then Chris Hoy might get back on time and would not have pay the excess charge. That said we really enjoyed it although it was cold. There is a nice Cafe just inside the gate

Visited December 2012
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