TWHS: City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, China

And in the second of our driveby site visits in Xi’an on our way to Tibet, today let’s take a look at one of China’s serial nominations on the Tentative List:

City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Xi'an City Walls

Kinda hard to miss the Xi’an city walls after dark, being all lit up with neon; walking along these causeway-wide constructions in the midst of a modern neon-spangled Chinese city is definitely an experience on the order of walking through a live Christmas tree or something…

Xi'an City Walls

… although walls by themselves are, well, walls, even if they’re big walls; so we say you should take the four nominated walls for this site as a guide to cities to visit for the other interesting things that are there, not the walls exactly.

City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties


1. The City Wall in Xingcheng
Xingcheng City Wall is located at the west bank of Liaodong Bay of China, the middle part of Liaoxi Corridor and the central part of Xingcheng city…

2. The City Wall in Nanjing

The City Wall of Nanjing refers to the wall of the ancient capital city of Nanjing built in the early Ming Dynasty. Located by the southern bank of the lower Yangtze River, it is built to protect the only capital of ancient China that had ever been built to the south of the Yangtze River…

3. The City Wall in Jingzhou
The present brick city wall was built in Ming Dynasty. It is 3.75 kilometres long from east to west and 1.2 kilometres wide from north to south with circle length 11.28 kilometres. Its total area is 4.5 square kilometres. The wall is 9 meters high. There are six Chenglou, three Dilou and 25 gun emplacements altogether…

4. The City Wall in Xi’an

The city wall of the Xi’an City is located at the urban district of Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province. It had been built from the 3rd to the th year of Hongwu period of the Ming Dynasty (1370-1378). It was extended on the base of Chang’an imperial city of the Sui and Tang Dynasty, as well as the Fengyuan City of the Yuan Dynasty…

Nanjing and Xi’an are chock full of other World Heritage Sites to visit, so without going out of your way from the A-list destinations in China you’re going to check off a couple properties in this one as well. That’s probably enough for most people … but keep in mind the other two properties as well when you’re planning!




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