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“Fun!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Zhongxin District, Xi'an 710001, China
029-87289791
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Ranked #3 of 248 attractions in Xi'an
Type: Ancient Ruins
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“Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This was an unexpected pleasure. We rented a bicycle and toured the entire wall. It was interesting to be able to view the many different buildings, neighborhoods, and contrast those within the wall (the old city) with those outside (the new city). We liked being able to proceed at our own pace, stopping when (and for how long) we wanted. There are some concession stores along the way, so getting something to drink or a snack was quite easy.

Visited May 2013
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“Great fun, but hope you're padded!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We had a terrific time biking the wall and highly recommend it! The entire wall is easily doable in less than 90 mins, counting all our photo stops and bathroom visits. There are wonderful views of old architecture mixed w/ new and even temples you get a bird's eye view of. While the smog was troubling, even that is photogenic. The pavement varies in how well it's been maintained, which makes parts of the ride rather jarring, and we were glad we were padded! The bikes are comparable to boardwalk bikes; be sure you take extra cash for a deposit.

The young staff at the entrance very firmly--and with pleasure--informed us that their Student rates were Only for Chinese students, not for US, although our daughter's ID had been accepted everywhere else we'd visited in China, from the Great Wall, to the Terracotta Warriors, to museums in Shanghai. Hmmm.

Visited February 2014
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“Who dares to ride a bike for 13 km circling the City Wall?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Xi'an City Wall is the one that separates the inner and outer city, its circumference is 13 kilometres with the Drum Tower being the centre of it. When we went to the City Wall, it was still undergoing some maintenance so some places were not opened, but nevertheless we enjoyed the experience. We bought the ticket for 27 RMB each, the price for being a student in China, and when we were inside there was this performance of traditional Chinese guards. After the performance we were free to take some shots and the guards would just stay still. Afterwards we rented a bike, 40 RMB for the standard bike and 80 RMB for the tandem one plus refundable 100 RMB deposit per unit. Although we only went half the route since we went there late and it's getting dark, It was a great experience riding a bike on the City Wall.

Visited January 2014
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“An Unusual Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A well preserved and maintained city wall. On top of the wall, we rented bicycles at the East Gate. Rental was RMB300 for deposit, RMB40 per bike for 100 minutes.
We rode for ninety minutes, stopped for photos-taking along the way and returned the bikes at the North Gate.
It was windy but air was fresher. Views of rooftops and skyscrapers at an elevation. Some very nice watch towers for pictures too.

Visited February 2014
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“Take the time to stroll on part of this wall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

There was nice English text describing the sights and points of interest on this section. We only toured perhaps 5 blocks to get a sense of the magnitude of this structure. The view would have been better had there been less smog.

Visited October 2013
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