Definitely one of Pingyao's must-see attractions, the city's 6-kilometer-long (4 mi), 12-meter-high (40 ft), nearly 700-year-old city walls (gǔchéng qiáng, 古城墙) stand as one of the longest and best-preserved sets of city walls in the world. Visitors walking its ramparts enjoy spectacular vantages over the city's ancient architecture, mostly unchanged in the last 300-some years. Walking over the walls' stamped bricks you'll come across thousands of crenulations (openings through which to fire..
Situated on a hill overlooking the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, the Fortaleza do Monte (大砲臺), also known simply as Monte Forte, was built by the Jesuits at the same time as the Cathedral in order to protect the churchmen of St. Paul's from pirates. Called Mount Fortress in English, it later became a military base, equipped with facilities and ammunition for a two-year siege. It was only used in this way once—to repel the Dutch from the island in 1622. Today, the area consists of a public park, observatory and museum and affords great..
Located in the north of Zhangjiakou, Dajing Gate (Dajingmen) used to be a famous pass of Great Wall. In ancient China, Zhangjiakou was a ghetto of several ethnic groups near the Mongolia Grassland, a place of military importance. It also plays an important part in the transportation and trade between Han and Mongolia people. The unique geographical location turns to beautiful landscape. Man of letters in ancient times were attracted to the gate.
Once running 35 km (22 mi) around central Nanjing, the ancient Nanjing City Wall (Nánjīng Chéngqiáng, 南京城墙) was one of the longest and oldest city walls in the world. Though only about 25 km (16 mi) of the wall's original length remains, the barrier is still an impressive sight, looming an average of 12 m (40 ft) in height. Disconnected lengths of the wall lie scattered about the city, including, at the south end of the wall, the massive fortress-like Zhonghua Gate, the most impressive of the wall's..
Built atop the city wall during the Tang Dynasty in 821 in what is now Haishu district, Ningbo's Drum Tower (Gǔ Lóu, 鼓楼) has suffered through a rather tumultuous history. During the Yuan Dynasty, Mongol leaders had the tower demolished. It was later rebuilt only to be burned down again during the same dynasty. It was rebuilt once more in the Ming Dynasty in 1434 based on the ruins and in 1935, a clock tower was placed on top of the structure, which was repaired in 1989. Visitors can revisit this history through photographs and..