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The Silk Road Sights

South Gate (Nán mén/yǒngníng mén)

  • Nan Da Jie Map It
  • Xian
  • Building/Architectural Site

Updated 05/28/2013

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Also known as Yong Ning Gate, this is the most impressive of the 13 gates leading through Xian's 39-foot-high city walls. This was the original site of Tang Dynasty fortifications; the walls you see today were built at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, and they include the country's only remaining example of a complete wall dating to this dynasty. Biking the entire 13.7-km (8.5-mile) route atop the walls takes about 90 minutes. Rental bikes are Y40 for 100 minutes, and

you must put down a Y200 deposit. Open-air electric cars cost Y80.

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Sight Information


Nan Da Jie, Xian, 710002, China

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Sight Details:

  • Y40
  • Apr.–Oct: 8 am–10 pm; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–8

Updated 05/28/2013


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