Thursday, June 27, 2013
Friday's Fences is hosted by Jan and Jer.
May 2009 - Xian China
Fence (railing) along the city walls of Xian. You can rent a bicycle and ride along the walls, we rode a tandem bike, which was an experience...
When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should 'built high walls, store abundant food supplies and take time to be an Emperor,' so that he could fortify the city and unify the other states. After the establishment of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang followed his advice and began to enlarge the wall built initially during the old Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), creating the modern Xian City Wall. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.