Monday, March 29, 2010

City Wall

This looks like an timeworn brick road, but in actuality, it is part of a huge dense wall designed to fortify the city of Xian, China during ancient times.

Looking over the edge, I see the street 40 feet (12 meters) below.

Old relic armaments are displayed along the wall, but these days instead of invaders penetrating through into the city, modern high-rise buildings take over.

On a warm day, the wall is cluttered with tourists where soldiers once stood.
Last year was the 15th Xian City Wall International Marathon where people from all over the world came to run on the wall.
But, on the day I visited, only a few tourists braved the cold and rain.

- Karen


Johnny Nutcase said...

that's quite the wall! Interesting post and good photos!

Jules said...

Nice photos. Such a nice and good place to be. =D Thanks for sharing.

The Brown Mestizo

photowannabe said...

What an amazing wall Karen. its huge. I love visiting places like that. You are fortunate to see the sights while traveling for work.
I enjoyed your pictures of Sunnyvale and San mateo museum too.

photowannabe said...

To answer your question about Folsom Prison. the museum is just outside the gate pictured on the post. Its tiny but very interesting. there was a retired warden that knows the place intimately and told us almost more than we really wanted to know. I could take pictures of the prison as long as no visitors were identifible.

Yvi said...

Wonderful shots!
Nice to see that!


Joanne Olivieri said...

Wow, how cool is that? Fantastic shots.

RoseBelle said...

I'm surprised that the wall is still in good condition for people to walk on. Xian is such an ancient city, 2000 plus years?? This is the first I heard about the Marathon in Xian.

Matthew said...

I don't remember seeing benches on that wall. They were doing some preservation work when I was there, so maybe they added them later.

Odd that not too many tourists really walk on the wall. It was completely deserted when I was there too.

Antônio Araújo said...

Amazing work... God bless you!