Xian City Wall (Chengqiang)

Xi’an has one of the most extensive and best-preserved defensive walls in the world. This colossal structure was started under the Ming Dynasty in 1370, a few years before the Drum and Bell Towers, and replaced an earlier wall which encompassed a much larger area.

You can get an idea of the Xian City Wall's - or Chengqiang - extraordinary thickness on the wide terrace which surmounts it. There are 98 ramparts, each with its own sentry house, as well as 18 gateways, of which the most impressive is the South Gate. The huge rectangle is further encompassed by a moat, showing the builders were leaving nothing to chance. This is now complemented with charming landscaped gardens.

Practical Info

The City Wall encircles central Xi’an. You can cover the entire 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) on foot, or hire bicycles at the South Gate to speed up the circuit. There are stunning views of the city from both sides.

Tours & Tickets

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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

4.5 star rating: Recommended 117 Reviews

Xi'an is home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses, one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. This ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

Xi'an in One Day: Terracotta Warriors, City Wall Day Trip from Chengdu by Air

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This private tour flies you round-trip from Chengdu to explore Xi’an’s top attractions! A friendly local guide accompanies you on a full-day trip to see the ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $502.99

Private Tour of Xi’an City Wall, Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Make the most of your time in Xi’an and enjoy this full-day experience of Xi’an’s top sites and activities with your own private guide and driver. On this ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00

Xi'an in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

While you’re in Shanghai, take a day trip to Xi’an, famous as one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization. You’ll learn about the history of the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $809.99

Xi'an Small-Group Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit the two most popular historical sites of Xi’an on this full-day tour of the ancient city wall and the Terracotta Warriors. Explore Xi’an’s old city wall, ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.00

3-Day Private Xi’an Tour from Beijing: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend three days sightseeing in Xi'an on this private tour from Beijing, with round-trip transport included. Choose to fly or take the train to Xi'an and visit ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $608.75

Private 3-Day Classic Northern China Tour: Xi'an and Beijing from Guangzhou by Air

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Spend three full days discovering northern China’s ancient and modern history on a classic, private tour to Xi’an and Beijing from Guangzhou. View the ...  Read more

Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,250.00

Xi'an Classic Day Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter

This Xi'an Day Tour will take you to Shaanxi History Museum that was built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Now it has over 370,000 exhibits in the ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Xi'an Private Day Tour: City Wall, Great Mosque, Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

This private day historical tour takes you to the main attractions in Xi'an, including the City Wall, the Great Mosque, Shaanxi History Museum, and the Big ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.00

Private Tour: Xi'an Bike Adventure Including Tibetan Temple and Terracotta Warriors

See the best of Xi’an — including the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors — and discover local life on a leisurely bike tour led by a private guide. After ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00

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