We chose the historical city wall to end our visit of Xian. Constructed upon an earlier imperial fortification network of the Tang Dynasty, the First Emperor of Ming Dynasty, Hongwu (洪武), erected the 14km city wall in the 14th century. Today, this Ming city wall has become one of the most well preserved of its kind in China. Our taxi dropped us off at the West Gate, also known as Andingmen (安定門). There was a belt of public park running along the city wall where the locals engaged in all kinds of activities from dancing to playing badminton. After walking around the area for several minutes we finally found the ticket office and the stair going up to the city wall. Up on the wall we reached another network of public space where people strolled and cycled. Against the background of the cloudy sky and charcoal grey bricks, rows of crimson lanterns began to lit up as we walked towards the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門). It turned out to be less than an hour of leisure stroll. Our two friends opted for cycling to complete the journey, while we chose to take our time to walk, take photos, and watch the city below gradually lit up.
Our taxi dropped us off at Andingmen (安定門).
Dusk had fallen upon Xian as we began our walk from Andingmen (安定門).
Signage on Xian city wall.
Xian city wall is a popular for cyclists.
Vivid lighting and red lanterns turned the city wall into a focal point of Xian at night.
Atmospheric dining in traditional houses seemed common along the city wall.
It was interesting to watch the busy street scenes as we walked.
Traditional architectural style is still commonly used for restaurants and hotels in Xian.
After slightly less than an hour of walk, we finally reached the archery tower of the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
Archery Tower of the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門)
Man played with his kid in front of the flood light of the Archery Tower .
The South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門) is perfectly aligned with the Bell Tower.
The South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
Closer up of the Archery Tower of the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
Descending down the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
The South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
Looking back at the Archery Tower from the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門).
We walked through the South Gate Yongningmen (永寧門) to enter the city centre. We ended up having a fast food dinner and finished the day early. We needed time to pack our stuff and get ready for our morning flight the next day to Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟).
Our posts on 2016 Xian and Jiuzhaigou:
DAY 1 – NIGHT ARRIVAL, Xian, China
DAY 2 – QIN EMPEROR’S TERRACOTTA ARMY, near Xian, China
DAY 2 – BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA (大雁塔), Xian, China
DAY 3 – HAN YANG LING MAUSOLEUM, Xian, China
DAY 3 – SHAANXI HISTORY MUSEUM, Xian, China
DAY 3 – GREAT MOSQUE (西安大清真寺) AND MUSLIM QUARTER, Xian, China
DAY 3 – MING CITY WALL, Xian, China
DAY 4 -FIRST GLIMPSE OF JIUZHAIGOU (九寨溝), Sichuan (四川), China
DAY 5 – ARROW BAMBOO LAKE (箭竹海), PANDA LAKE (熊貓海) & FIVE FLOWER LAKE (五花海), Jiuzhaigou (九寨溝), China
DAY 5 – PEARL SHOAL FALLS (珍珠灘瀑布), MIRROR LAKE (鏡海) & NUORILANG FALLS (諾日朗瀑布), Jiuzhaigou (九寨溝), China
DAY 5 – LONG LAKE (長海) & FIVE COLOURS LAKE (五彩池), Jiuzhaigou (九寨溝), China
DAY 5 – RHINOCEROS LAKE (犀牛海), TIGER LAKE (老虎海) & SHUZHENG VILLAGE (樹正寨), Jiuzhaigou (九寨溝), China
DAY 6 – ASCEND TO FIVE COLOUR POND (五彩池), Huanglong (黃龍), Sichuan (四川), China
DAY 7 – FAREWELL JIUZHAIGOU & XIAN, China