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Wanpingcheng lies a mere 15 km southwest of central Beijing. Tourists visiting Luguoqiao or the "Marco Polo Bridge" will find themselves just west of the entrance to Wanping City. The city wall itself is unfortunately not accessible to the general public.
Beijing lost its famous city wall in the late 1950s, but Wanping City is still surrounded by a wall with towers. The city wall was erected in 1640, in the last part of the Ming dynasty. 640 meters long and 320 meters wide, it covers an area of 0.2 km². Wanping is almost oriented east-west and has the main east and west gates, buildings in all four corners and three guard houses on each of the north-south sides. There are horse ramps at the center towers of all four walls.
Thank you to Vladimir Menkov for pointing out an error in geographical orientation, - now fixed in this verion 2.0
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Wanping City - an old, walled Chinese city
Marco Polo Bridge
Eastern Gate - "Majestic Gate"
Western Gate - "Good Government gate"
Northwest Corner Tower
Southwest Corner Tower
Northeast Corner Tower
Southeast Corner Tower
North Center Tower
South Center Tower