Travel to China: Pingyao: Photo 4
Pingyao has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, but its luck began in 1977, when the city wall protected the urban core from a flood. In 1981, the government comtemplated demolishing the wall anyway; a planner suggested that the old city might, if it stayed intact, become a tourist magnet. Which indeed it has. Here the view is of the wall at the Fenyi or west-side gate. The wall is rectangular with a total length of about 4 miles.
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