Photo: The Old City Wall Of Xian
April 2009

One of the places visitors to Xian are taken is the wall surrounding the old city.  Construction began in 1370, and atop the wall are many guard houses and military administrative buildings. Tourists can rent bicycles to ride the entire 8.5 miles around the enclosed old city.

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Photo: Stairway To . . . The City Wall
The only way to get there.

Members of our tour group make their way up the stairs to the top of the city wall in Xian. This stop was just after lunch, making the climb . . . unattractive. Once ascended, though, there are interesting views of the surrounding city, and interesting activities going on. Worth the effort, indeed.

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Photo: Use Of Siege Ladders Is Prohibited!
That'll keep those Mongols out!

I spotted this signpost on the old city wall in Xian, China. I have no idea what it is telling us not to do. All I could think of was invaders being told, "Climbing ladders into our city is prohibited!" Perhaps it has another meaning.

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Photo: On A Clear Day You Can See The Future
It's a little hazy, but we may just get there.

One can look beyond the historical Xian city wall to recently erected high rise buildings that lie outside the old fortifications symbolizing modern Xian.  It seems that invading armies might have been stopped by the brick and mortar fortress, but the invasion of progress has swallowed up what once was the entire life of Xian's residents.

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Photo: A Moat By Any Other Name
is a park where one may rest and read a while.

Looking down to the outside of the old city wall in Xian, one sees the moat, now crisscrossed with bridges and lined with decorative trees, shrubs and flowers. It looks like a pleasant place to take a break from the busy traffic of this very big city.

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Use Of Siege Ladders Is Prohibited!
That'll keep those Mongols out!

I spotted this signpost on the old city wall in Xian, China. I have no idea what it is telling us not to do. All I could think of was invaders being told, "Climbing ladders into our city is prohibited!" Perhaps it has another meaning.

#Travel   #China   #Xian

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