Visit Xi’an and you’ll quickly discover how proud locals are about the Xi’an City Wall. Ancient Chinese cities of note all built a city wall for security and control purposes to keep enemies out and residents in. The Xi’an Wall achieved this most effectively and is still standing, telling a tale simply by how well it has been preserved. In fact, there are many who argue it is China’s best-preserved city wall. Perhaps you’ll agree once you’ve cycled the roughly 14-kilometer perimeter, peered through a few of the nearly 6,000 battlements, or marveled at the original stones with which it has been built. There is so much history in this wall, it’s easy to see why it continues to be a highlight for locals and international visitors alike.
Update: July 29, 2021