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 arrows), six barbican gates and 72 paragraphs from Sun Tzu's Art of War, one inscribed in each of the watchtowers along the way.
The easiest way to get started is to get your ticket at the old city ticket office (gǔchéng shòupiàochù, 古城售票处) by the north gate (běi mén, 北门), which covers admission to the city and 20 temples, residences and sights (RMB 150, three day admission).
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