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Nanjing City Wall (Ming City Wall), Nanjing

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See an ancient historical site built when the city was the capital of the Ming dynasty at Nanjing City Wall (Ming City Wall), a long, tall perimeter wall designed to protect the city from invaders. Started by Zhu Yuanzhang, first emperor of the Ming dynasty, in 1366 CE, the wall took 21 years to build, finally being completed in 1386 CE. Originally made up of 300 million bricks held together by lime, tong oil, and glutinous rice, and stretching out for 35 km (22 mi), the remaining sections span 25 km (16 mi). Six main sections remain open to the public, primarily centering around the large gates that dot the wall's expanse. Marvel at the work of the 200,000 laborers, building the monumental structure over 600 years ago. Arrange to visit Nanjing City Wall (Ming City Wall) and other attractions in Nanjing using our Nanjing trip builder.
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You won't find a shortage of accommodations in Nanjing, a modern metropolis long on the radars of domestic and international tourists. Look south of the main railway station, following Central Road, to find the primary districts where visitors stay, with clusters of high-rise hotels--some luxurious and others standard, but all comfortable. A number of smaller boutiques set in formerly residential buildings provide atmospheric, well-maintained, and budget-friendly options. Take a look at the side streets around Central Road for a wealth of hostels and guesthouses.
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  • This city wall is amazing. You can see quite a bit views of lake near it. It's connected to a temple which is famous for its sakuras in the spring. It's a nice place for families to go.  more »
  • Entrance fee: 50 yuan/person On the first floor, there are three tunnels with some short explanation in Chinese, English, Japanese, and sometimes Korean language. There is also archery if you want to ...  more »
  • Big Cty wall is impressing by its lenght and hight. We walked about 2 km admiring the magnificent view of Nanjing. At the end was a Temple with monastry. Awesome!  more »