Ancient City Wall at South Gate Tours

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The Ancient City Wall at in Xi'an is one of the best-preserved city walls in China. It was built in the 14th century during the Ming Dynasty, under the regime of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, and expanded upon from walls remaining from the Tang Dynasty.

Visitors can either cycle or walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is almost 14 kilometers long and takes around three hours at a leisurely pace. The site features a moat, a drawbridge, the main towers, watchtowers, and gates, all of which combine to depict an impressive ancient defense system. 

The South Gate is situated near the Bell Tower and is widely considered to be the most significant, with greeting ceremonies by the government held in the South Gate Square, which has recently been restored. Like the other gates, the South Gate features three towers – the gate tower, which holds the drawbridge, the narrow tower and the main tower. Two public museums are also located inside the barbican and archery tower of the South Gate, which are both free to enter.

Practical Info

The South Gate is the most convenient to reach, with a number of buses stopping nearby. It’s open from 8am until 10pm. Tourist cars and bicycle hire are available from here.
Location
Address: South Main Street, Beilin District, Xian 710000, China
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Hours: Open daily 8am-10pm
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Xi'an Evening Tour: South Gate Square, Fountain Show and Tang Dynasty Theme Squares

See Xi’an light up for the evening on a four-hour tour with a private guide and driver. Head to the spectacularly lit South Gate Square, North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty Theme Square. You’ll see the lovely South Gate and old City Wall, then drive to North Square where the largest musical fountain in Asia puts on a colorful show every night. Learn about the Tang Dynasty from your guide and admire the sculptures, fountains and gardens during a leisurely walk in the square.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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2-Hour Xi'an-at-Night Private Tour

The 2 hours ‘Xi’an-at-night’ private tour will take you to see Xi’an as you have never seen it before! You will be taken to visit some of Xi’an’s famous landmarks lit up by beautiful lights. Included in this tour are: the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the south gate of the city wall, and the Bell and Drum Towers. You will also see the largest fountain show in Asia, outdoor karaoke, the Muslim Quarter as well as what locals’ do at night!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour of Xi’an City Wall, Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors

Combine a visit to Xi’an’s star attraction with a tour of the historic walled town on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Stand in awe before Emperor Qin’s mighty army of Terracotta Warriors and visit the UNESCO-listed Mausoleum of the first emperor. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), climb Xi’an’s remarkably preserved ancient city walls, and enjoy expansive views over the city. Finally, embark on a walking tour of the lively Muslim Quarter, stopping to admire the ornate Great Mosque and browse the colorful markets.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Afternoon 3-Hour Walking Tour in Xi'an

Get to know Xi’an city without ever setting foot in a stuffy tour bus on this afternoon walking tour. Visit landmarks like the Muslim Quarter, Bell and Drum Tower Square and the grand South Gate Square with your guide by your side, getting on-the-fly recommendations for places to eat and other parts of the city to explore. This tour is great for new visitors to Xi’an who want to get their bearings in the city center.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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