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Xi'an, one of the ancient capitals, is a firm classic on any tourist trail in China. Not only is this where the famous 'terracotta warriors' were found, Xi'an also has impressive city walls, a unique muslim quarter and a couple of fascinating temples and museums.

The fortifications of Xi'an represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang'an began in 194 BC. The existing walls date from the Ming Dynasty in 1370. They 11.9 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15-18 m in thickness at the base.

The wall makes a great place for an evening stroll. You can also rent bicycles and cycle around on the walls.

This picture was taken near the south gate. Although some PP was done on the sky, it still has a visible summer haze hanging over it. August 5, 2007 was another hot and humid day in China.

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