Ancient City Wall
Surrounded by spectacular mountains and the Yangtze River, a magnificent man-made wall encircles the entire city of Nanjing, the current capital of the Jiangsu Province.
Designed by the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang, the wall was erected to protect the city, just as a mother does with her child, holding it closely in her arms. At the time, Nanjing served as the capital of China which lasted for six dynasties. Today it is still one of the Four Great Capitals in China’s history.
This huge city wall project was constructed over a 21 year period (1366-1387); taking 200,000 laborers to move 7 million cubic meters of earth and place thousands of stone and brick. The ancient wall stands 33.7 kilometers long and has varying heights between 14-21 meters.
The Ancient City Wall or Ming City Wall still stands today as one of the longest surviving city walls in the world; a testimony to Chinese architecture, science and technology. It is the pride of Nanjing’s people.