Ancient City Walls in China

A Heritage Recovered



ISBN: 9783716518533 Category:

Guoqing Yang, Markus Hattstein


In numerous civilizations throughout world history city walls were an indispensable part of every city. In China they can be traced back to the 21st century BC as fortified symbols of power and manifestation of the Middle Kingdom. In the course of the country’s long history several thousand have been erected, varying enormously in form, length, construction technology, functionality and significance.

These city walls represent a unique heritage and a central identification factor from which to gain access to the self-image of Chinese culture. After years of de-cay and ignorance, it was only a few decades ago that they were discovered as cultural monuments and the securing and restoration work began. The city walls recorded in the statistics today, of which a selection is presented in this book by new and historic photos, range from wall ruins in the ground via about 150 with a length of more than one kilometer to the famous fortification of Nanjing, which still has more than 20 kilometers standing.

Additional information

Weight 1218 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name bnb media gmbh, Zurich
Publication date 7 November 2019
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.7 x 24.4 cm
Weight 1218 g
Guoqing Yang is deputy research director at the Center for the Protection of the City Wall of Nanjing. For 15 years he has been engaged in the research of the city wall. His results have been pub-lished in the form of articles, essays and monographs. In 2011, at the invitation of the Institute for the History of Science of the Max Planck Institute, Yang conduct-ed a comparative study in Germany on the history and current situation of the city walls in China and Germany.