City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties is part of the Tentative list of China in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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  • Tentative

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Community Reviews

Kyle Magnuson

Relatively few intact city walls are left in China, particularly when put in contrast to how many walled cities existed previously during China's numerous dynasties. The Xi'an City wall is one of the best preserved (to my knowledge). The wall is immense, large enough to drive a car on. Spectacular site, but don't expect the best views until Xi'an, like much of China improves the air quality.

There are some indications that a expanded nomination will be brought forward in the coming years. I would welcome both the nomination and the chance to visit other representative fortress architecture in China.

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Site Info

  • Full name: City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Country: China

Site History

    2008 - Submitted


    2008 - Revision

    Includes former TWHS The City Wall of Xian (1996)

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The site has 5 locations.

  • City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Jingzhou
  • Nanjing
  • Xi'an
  • Xingcheng
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