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The fortifications of Xi'an China
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The fortifications of Xi'an

This wall encircling the old town of Xi'an in the Shaanxi Province is often bathed in fog. The first fortifications that stood here were made from a blend of glutinous rice and very resistant quick lime, though these were eventually replaced with brick. It's probably easier to discover the 8.5 miles of wall and the 98 watchtowers dotted along it by bike rather than on foot! Before setting off, give yourself time to take a quick detour to see the impressive Terracotta Army sculptures in Xi'an.

The fortifications of Xi'an

The fortifications of Xi'an , China
The fortifications of Xi'an © Nataliya Hora / 123RF
The fortifications of Xi'an , China
The fortifications of Xi'an © Nataliya Hora / 123RF
The fortifications of Xi'an , China
The fortifications of Xi'an © Nataliya Hora / 123RF
The fortifications of Xi'an , China
The fortifications of Xi'an © Amy Harris / 123RF
The fortifications of Xi'an , China
The fortifications of Xi'an © Vladimir Zhuravlev / 123RF
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