Xian Day 1: Biking on the City Wall

We headed to the City Wall after exploring the Muslim Quarter.


Xian City Wall is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. It is also one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.


The wall now stands 12 meters (40 feet) tall, 12-14 meters (40-46 feet) wide at the top and 15-18 meters (50-60 feet) thick at the bottom.


The entrance to the City Wall is RMB40 (CAD6.70) per person.


A gate tower on the wall.


We decided to rent cycle around the city wall which covers 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) in length. It is way too far to walk. We wanted to rent a tandem bicycle since I have not ride a bike for a long while. Unfortunately, tandem bicycles were all rented out already. So, we settled with the last two bicycles. It took me a while to get used to riding on a bike again. The rental was RMB40 (CAD6.70) for two bicycles. The ride on the city wall was a bumpy ride with a brick missing here and there.


Following are various scenes from the city wall. Enjoy.






A contrast of old and new building.



The busy train station.



The Bell Tower under renovation.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jean

    Very interesting that large strong walled area. HOpe the bike ride was fine after all.

  2. ammyyy

    Hey Suanne!

    I’ve been following you guys for awhile now but stopped for bit and came back to discover you that you’ve gone to some places (Beijing, Xi’an, Kuala Lumpur) that I will be going to in a month. This is amazing! I’m glad I can gain some insights from your travels. From what it looks like, you had quite the adventurous meal/journey!

    May I ask, if you felt safe traveling to Xi’an? I’m traveling solo and would love to hear particularly about your trip to Xi’an as I’ve heard numerous of sketchy stories. Thanks for your time!


    1. Suanne

      Hi Amy, We felt safe travelling in Xian. No incidence. There will be scams in touristy cities, we just have to be careful to fall for any sales talk. Hope you will have a great trip.

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