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City Defense Buildings

For keeping the threats of enemies far away from one's city, every dynasty in China would build a high city wall with lookout tower. The Great Wall is a nice example, it is a great work of different states before Qingshihuang united the whole China, however, Emperor Qinshihuang did a great work to link these sections and enstrength them. Subsequently, along with some city defence buildings, they became important parts of China's historical relics. Among them, the Pingyao city wall, which is the best preserved city wall in China, is really worth a visit.

  • Dagu Fort

    Lying sixty kilometers (37 miles) southeast of urban area of Tianjin City, the Dagu Fort was firstly built in 1816 to shield Beijing, the capital of China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). As a heroic image of China's fight against foreign invasion, the emplacement is taken as one of the 3 treasures of Tianjin by its local people. Tianjin is the gateway to Beijing, and the Dagu Fort is therefo
  • Zhaoqing Ancient City Wall

    Features of Zhaoqing Ancient City Wall   Zhaoqing Ancient City Wall, which was built in the Song Dynasty, is the only extant ancient city wall in Guangdong Province. In the shape of rectangle with the perimeter 2,800 meters, Zhaoqing Ancient City Wall has a tower on each city gate, an enceinte out of the gate, a turret on each angle and a moat out of it. Furthermore, the Zhaoqing Ancient City
  • Guangji Gate Tower

    History of Guangji Gate Tower   Guangji Gate Tower is often regarded as the most spectacular one among seven ancient city gates of Chaozhou. The gate tower is constructed in 1370 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is the most prominent symbol of Chaozhou City today. Featured by the distinctive architectural style and the grand fortifications, this gate tower is surely a must-see landmark f
  • Bell Drum Tower

    Features of Bell Drum Tower The Bell Drum Tower was initially built in the middle of fourth century. The existent tower was rebuilt in 1905. The bottom of the Drum Tower is within the form of a square. The higher half is little and also the half below is massive. The bottom's circumference is one hundred meters. It’s coated with cyan bricks. There are four arched doors within the Drum Tower.
  • The First Fire Tower of the Great Wall

    The First Fire Tower of the Great Wall is on the bank of the Talai River, 7.5 kilometers (4.66 miles) from the Jiayuguan Pass. In the Ming Dynasty, Jiayuguan Pass dominated thirty-nine towers. The towers weren't far away from one another and that they were helpful in military affairs. This tower was built in 1539. With a flat prime, it's a square pyramid, with its length, width and height every f
  • Jiayuguan Pass

    The Jiayuguan Pass is situated within the middle of the narrowest valley, six kilometers (3.73 miles) southwest of the town. The Great Wall on either side of the pass crosses the Gobi. The Jiayuguan Pass represents the western starting point of the Great Wall. The Pass covers a part of 33,500 sq. meters (eight acres) and lies at the bottom of a slender valley, and takes its name from one in every
  • Dzong Fortress

    Compared with other scenic spots, Dzong has its own special inspiring and touching story. Gyangtse people are very brave for fighting with the aggressors. Bu using primitive guns and swords, cannons, and even bows and arrows, they defended the City fromm a fortess on Dzong Hill. However, the invading troops bombed Dzong Fortress and exploded its supply depot in June. Now, the situation was so terr
  • Monte Fort

    Lying to the east of the Ruins of St. Paul's, Monte Fort originally belonged to St. Paul's Church and was used to defend the church from the pirates. It later became solely a military fort.It was constructed from 1617 and completed during the ruling years of Emperor Xizong in the Ming Dynasty. In history, Monte Fortress played a very important role in defending Macao against the invasion of Holl
  • Huangyaguan Pass

    Huangya, means "yellow cliff". This pass gets the name for the nearby yellowish hills and rocks. Huangyaguan Pass was originally built in Tianbao 7th of Beiqi (557 A D), and subsequently had two times renovation, one was in Ming Dynasty and the other is in 1985. Besides, Huangyaguan Pass was listed as a key relic’s protection target in 1986 by Tianjin City. Nowadays, it is also chosen as a pat
  • Xiuying Gun Emplacement

    Located in Xiuying Village, about 6 kilometers from Hai Xiu Road in the suburbs of Haikou, Xiuying Gun Emplacement is one of the four most famous gun emplacements in ancient China. It was built on the hill 200 meters off the coast. Standing on the top of the hill, it overlooks the whole Qiongzhou Strait. There are five cannons all together, Gongbei, Zhengdong, and Dingxi and two smaller Zhengwu.