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China Xian City Wall Hiking Dumplings

25 April 2018

The other great wall

Walking a full loop of the city wall of Xian

It certainly was a big day for doing the tourist things. This evening I walked a full lap of the city wall. I guess not too many tourists actually walk the full lap as it is 13km. Truth be told I ran / walk / photographed. I didnt want to be too fast as I wanted light / dusk / dark, I got that.
You may remember that Mark Zuckerberg ran a lap of the wall when he was here visiting his wife before he was extradited back to the USA for treason recently.

I found the wall to be spectacular, it is really amazing to think that something so huge could be built, not only that, there used to be a lot of them, and this is the only one left anywhere! Time for some mathematics. I figure it to be 5 floors high, so 5 x 3m = 15 metres high. It is probably 20 metres wide. It is 13,000 metres around. There are a few holes in it for cars now but other than that its basically solid! There are also lots of towers and other defences, so lets go with 60% total density...stay with me.

15 x 20 x 13,000 x 0.6 = 2,340,000 m3

Now the bricks are quite small, at most they are 40 cm x 15cm x 10cm, 0.4 x 0.15 x 0.1 = 0.006m3.

Finally then, 2,340,000 / 0.006 = 390,000,000 bricks. Thats 390 million bricks! We are going to need a lot of mortar.
Dont bother googling and telling me the bricks are just a thin layer over the dirt core, I want to keep on believing its solid brick.

China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - The whole wall is also surrounded by a moat, the area between the moat and the wall is a huge park. I peered over the edge numerous times and saw danc

The whole wall is also surrounded by a moat, the area between the moat and the wall is a huge park. I peered over the edge numerous times and saw dancing, ping pong, badmington, painting in the park, running, opera etc. I yelled insults at them all knowing I was safe on my fortified wall.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - This is the southern gate where you get on the wall. You can get on and off at a lot of places, but apparently this is the biggest gate. They frequent

This is the southern gate where you get on the wall. You can get on and off at a lot of places, but apparently this is the biggest gate. They frequently have performances here and in front of it. I found out later there was some kind of advertising event at the northern gate, and by the time I got back to the southern gate that was closed off also for an outdoor concert.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I have no idea what this is, befouling my wall. Get this crap off here!

I have no idea what this is, befouling my wall. Get this crap off here!


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Time to head off into the sunset, target number 1, those 3 buildings on the horizon.

Time to head off into the sunset, target number 1, those 3 buildings on the horizon.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I made it to the south eastern corner, here is the view back from where I had come.

I made it to the south eastern corner, here is the view back from where I had come.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Everywhere you look in Xian, its nice!

Everywhere you look in Xian, its nice!


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Time to get cracking on the next part of the epic journey. There are of course public toilets every few hundred metres, and also a few little cafes.

Time to get cracking on the next part of the epic journey. There are of course public toilets every few hundred metres, and also a few little cafes.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Here is the western gate. You will soon realise the gates are similar.

Here is the western gate. You will soon realise the gates are similar.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Each gate has 2 structures and a big hole in the middle. Even when this was built in 1300 they enjoyed outdoor shows.

Each gate has 2 structures and a big hole in the middle. Even when this was built in 1300 they enjoyed outdoor shows.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I now ran for a while, sunset was approaching.

I now ran for a while, sunset was approaching.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Heres a main road outside the city walls, heading west. This is not where the main big buildings are, those far to the south of the old city were a lo

Heres a main road outside the city walls, heading west. This is not where the main big buildings are, those far to the south of the old city were a lot bigger. Xian is huge.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I arrived at the golden palace, looked over, saw 3 Lamborghinis go past. Chinese people much prefer a Lambo to any other kind of fancy car. I think th

I arrived at the golden palace, looked over, saw 3 Lamborghinis go past. Chinese people much prefer a Lambo to any other kind of fancy car. I think the owners lived in the golden temple area.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - The wall going off into the horizon and beyond.

The wall going off into the horizon and beyond.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Very clear here after the rain, which stopped at about lunch time. I was surprised more people were not on the wall enjoying the sunset. I know I was.

Very clear here after the rain, which stopped at about lunch time. I was surprised more people were not on the wall enjoying the sunset. I know I was.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Cool sign!

Cool sign!


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Here is a street heading through the old city, taken from near the north gate, looking south. How is everyones geography going? And when I say everyon

Here is a street heading through the old city, taken from near the north gate, looking south. How is everyones geography going? And when I say everyone, I mean my one reader, my mother?


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - This is the north gate. I think a launch of a make up brand was happening. You can rent out any of the gates for any purpose. I plan to shoot my next

This is the north gate. I think a launch of a make up brand was happening. You can rent out any of the gates for any purpose. I plan to shoot my next youtube unboxing video here.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Here we have a long exposure looking south from the old train station. Buses do a U turn here, hence the cool light trails.

Here we have a long exposure looking south from the old train station. Buses do a U turn here, hence the cool light trails.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I was here at the old station earlier to catch the bus to the terracotta warriors, only then I was at ground level. Now I am at wall level. I am happy

I was here at the old station earlier to catch the bus to the terracotta warriors, only then I was at ground level. Now I am at wall level. I am happy to provide photos at multiple elevations for your viewing pleasure.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - The red lights surround the entire wall. It is actually very dark, you have to watch out for the occasional cyclist. If I lived here I would run laps

The red lights surround the entire wall. It is actually very dark, you have to watch out for the occasional cyclist. If I lived here I would run laps up here often, it is very quiet if you take a couple of steps back from the edge. There is also a building in the distance shooting lasers into the sky.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Looking East outside the wall, there are malls outside the wall as well. No shortage of malls in Xian!

Looking East outside the wall, there are malls outside the wall as well. No shortage of malls in Xian!


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - As you can see, they light up all the towers, but not too brightly, just bright enough to let the invading forces know where to aim.

As you can see, they light up all the towers, but not too brightly, just bright enough to let the invading forces know where to aim.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Except they did light this one up very brightly, and its pretty awesome. It was near here I got thrown off the wall just before returning to the South

Except they did light this one up very brightly, and its pretty awesome. It was near here I got thrown off the wall just before returning to the South gate where I started, where there was now a concert in progress on the wall.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - I descended and beat everyone at beer pong. Street beer pong no less.

I descended and beat everyone at beer pong. Street beer pong no less.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - Now this is what I call a telescope. The guy set up on the bridge in Melbourne needs to up his game.

Now this is what I call a telescope. The guy set up on the bridge in Melbourne needs to up his game.


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - It was very late by the time I got off the wall, dinner choices were limited, I ended up in a fast food joint, only it was noodles and dumplings fast

It was very late by the time I got off the wall, dinner choices were limited, I ended up in a fast food joint, only it was noodles and dumplings fast food. It looks very clean, but the price for a huge bowl of soup and 6 huge steamed buns was alarmingly low, $3. Id prefer it if it were double the price!


China-Xian-City Wall-Hiking-Dumplings - The soup was indeed pretty average. Everything in it was overcooked. Probably better than undercooked or cold. I did not eat most of it, it was way to

The soup was indeed pretty average. Everything in it was overcooked. Probably better than undercooked or cold. I did not eat most of it, it was way too much food for $3.


Tomorrow I head to Chongqing. I have been there before. Due to availability, my train does not depart until after 2pm, and it takes 5 hours. So I still have time to do some more exploring of Xian tomorrow before I leave. Maybe I will update this while sitting on the train to pass the time, who knows, stranger things have happened.

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