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Reviewed today via mobile

To bicycle around in slow pace takes a little less than 3 hours, but is worth doing. Visiting the city wall is a must, no matter if you do it by bike, golf cart or just walk a small part of it

Thank Marius P
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Reviewed yesterday

Xian was the home city of our tour guide Jason. He was proud to show the city walls which are full of history and still standing and will be for many, many years to come. Xian is a very progressive city but still very in tune with its culture.

Thank Elisa M
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Reviewed yesterday

Xi'an City Wall (西安城牆) is located right in the city center of Xi'an City. The initial palace wall was established back in the Tang dynasty (618 - 907) at the site. It didn't change a lot during the Song and Yuan Dynasties (960 – 1368).The massive construction of the city wall was started by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋), the first Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). He ordered to build a fortified city wall on the previously existing western and southern parts of the palace wall. It took about 8 years to complete the Xi'an City Wall. Luckily it survived during the wars. UNESCO included the site in the tentative List of World Heritage Sites under the title "City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties".

We stayed at a hotel just outside the south gate (Yongning Gate, 永寧門) of Xi'an City Wall. We walked to the barbican that we could find at all 4 gates - East Gate (長樂門, Changle Gate), West Gate (安定門, Anding Gate), South Gate (永寧門, Yongning Gate, ), North Gate (安遠門, Anyuan Gate). It is a fortified defense used to protect the main gate. Inside the barbican is an open area where we saw the 2-story with triple-eave gate tower on top of the gate which you can find on all the four gates. It represents the major facility of the wall-gate defense system. The 12 m high, 12 to 14 m wide on top, 15 to 18 m wide at bottom, and 13.74 km long rectangular city wall is one of the best preserved city walls in China. We learned it is almost 14 km in length and decided to rent a tandem bicycle. It blew our minds that the path on top of the city wall has the width of a 4 lane road in normal city. The 12 m high city wall is situated between the old city and the new city. The famous landmarks such as Bell Tower, Drum Towers and Muslim Quarter are all inside the wall. Skyscrapers are not allowed inside the wall. There is a moat around the city walls to protect the city. A flanking tower can be found every 120 m to defend the city. It took us almost 3.5 hours for a trip around the city wall.

Although we rented the tandem bicycle, I would suggest the single rider bicycles. You need to bring plenty water with you especially on sunny day on the almost 14 km path. The ancient buildings near the city wall were interesting and maintained quite well. Bring your camera, water, and hat and enjoy a journey back to the past.

Thank jameshuang
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Together with the muslim wall one of the best attraction the city has to offer
I really recommend to rent a bike, moderate price and you get it for 3 hours which is ample time to cover it! Small deposit in cash which you they will immediately refund when you return the bikes
They only rent out "adult" bikes but they have tandem/2 seaters bikes which is a good alternatives for kids aged 6+ .

Thank TheChakers
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thankfully the city wall still exists as so much of the city areas have been knocked down and rebuilt. I loved how clean it was and the historical information that was on display and it made you want to reflect back to those manning the walls when it was first built and what they would've gone through. loved it.

Thank andydom712
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although the wall itself is impressive, the view from the top was marred by all the ugly buildings surrounding it. However when we passed it at night, it was beautifully lit up giving the whole area a far more attractive aspect.

Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The city wall is about 8 kilometers in all . It is about 75 steps to the top . There are bikes and golf carts to see the perimeter of the wall . It is a delightful stroll around the top . Many people are walking around or biking . There is a small fee to get there and a fee for rentals . The moats and parks surround the wall .

Thank laj2e7
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes the ancient city walls are an impressive architectural achievement but once at the top there isn’t really much to see! Might be different at night when the light show is on. Only needs 30mins tops

Thank sterwuv
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went here twice, both times cycling around the walls to look down over the city. It's bumpy and a long ride, but such fun, and a unique way to see the city. Highly recommended and quite surreal to be up there quite isolated from the modern, busy city.

Thank ontheroadSydney
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We rented a couple of bicycles and rode the wall. This was great fun and given the sometimes crazy traffic in China a wonderful opportunity for peaceful danger free biking. Beware though that bicycles are not the most comfortable

Thank HampshireRoadrunner
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