Xi’an City Wall

Entrance Fee

CNY 54 for adults.free for children under 1.2 meters.
A combo ticket for Xi’an City Wall and Stele Forest Museum is CNY100.

Opening Hours

South Gate, Zhongshan Gate & Jianguo Gate: 8:00 – 22:00
East/North/West Gate, Hanguang Gate, Wenchang Gate: 8:00 – 20:00

Performances at the South Gate

Grand Welcoming Ceremony: 9:00 – 9:20 from Tuesday – Sunday
Chang’an Impression–Tang Dynasty Grand Welcoming Ceremony:
Sep. 1 – Sep. 30 & Oct. 6 – Oct. 31: 20:00 – 21:10
Oct. 1 – Oct. 5: 19:30 – 21:40; 21:00 – 22:10
Video of the Warrior Formation Performance Ticket Price of Performances Grand Welcoming Ceremony: CNY80
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)Chang’an Impression – Tang Dynasty Grand Welcoming Ceremony: CNY280; CNY380; CNY 880
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) if not taking a seat Recommended

Xi’an City Wall stands as a monumental symbol of ancient Xi’an, embodying the city’s rich history and architectural prowess. Constructed during the early Ming Dynasty, this imposing structure is renowned as the most complete city wall in China, boasting a total length of 13.7 kilometers. Visitors can embark on a leisurely bicycle ride along the wall, completing the journey in approximately 80 minutes.

The design of the city wall draws inspiration from the imperial city layout of the Tang Dynasty, featuring defensive elements such as moats and watchtowers typical of ancient Chinese cities. Today, the wall serves as a tangible link to Xi’an’s past, dividing the city into inner and outer sections. The South Gate and North Gate serve as the primary entrances to the inner city, with the urban layout neatly arranged along the perimeter of the wall.

Constructed between 1370 and 1378 AD under the directive of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the Xi’an Ancient City Wall was built upon the foundation of the imperial city wall from the Tang Dynasty. Zhu Yuanzhang, following the advice of a recluse, fortified the city with high walls and ample food supplies before ascending to the throne. As the former capital of the Tang Dynasty, known as Chang’an, Xi’an holds significant historical significance. Today, the Xi’an Ancient City Wall stands as the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China, a testament to the city’s enduring legacy and architectural brilliance.

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