City Walls

Local name西安城墙
LocationXi'an, China

The fortifications of Xi'an, also known as Xi'an City Wall, in Xi'an, an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls. It was built under the rule of the Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang as a military defense system. It exhibits the "complete features of the rampart architecture of feudal society". It has been refurbished many times since it was built in the 14th century, thrice at intervals of about 200 years in the later half of the 1500s and 1700s, and in recent years in 1983. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres

The Xi'an City Wall is on the tentative list of UNESCO's World Heritage Site under the title "City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties". Since 2008, it is also on the list of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China. Since March 1961, the Xi'an City Wall is a heritage National Historical and Cultural Unit.

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Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option from 42 USD

Opening hours

South Gate: 8 am - 10 pm

Hanguang Gate: 8 am - 5:30 pm

All other gates:
May - Oct: 8 am - 7 pm
Nov - Apr: 8 am - 6 pm


General admission: CNY 54
Children 3.9 - 4.6 feet (1.2 - 1.4 meters) in height: CNY 27
Children under 3.9 feet: free

More information and contact


Information at Travel China Guide

Address Xian, China

Coordinates 34°15'12.352" N 108°56'32.493" E

Tours and activities: City Walls

Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option

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