Fuquan Ancient City Wall


Fuquan Ancient City Wall

by Live in Guizhou

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The Ming Dynasty was an important period of development in Guizhou, with the construction of thousands of fortified cities and towns. Over time, most of these ancient cities and castles disappeared in the wave of modernization, and the few remaining ancient city walls are now rare treasures. However, in Fuquan City, there is still a unique section of ancient city wall that has been preserved.

Fuquan, formerly known as Pingyue, was originally an area inhabited by ethnic minorities under the jurisdiction of the Bozhou Xuanwei Prefecture. Most of the Fuquan Ancient City was demolished in the 1960s, leaving only a few ticketed city gates and some ruins that tell the story of its history.

The city wall was built along the mountains, and is majestic in scale. The most significant feature of this city wall is that it encompasses a section of the river, allowing residents to draw water. To prevent the water supply from being cut off in the event of an attack, a 55-yard-long outer city wall was built outside the water city. The outer wall spans the river in two places, built on two three-arched stone bridges.

This kind of city wall structure is a masterpiece of ancient military defense systems, embodying the technology and architectural art of ancient China. In 2001, Fuquan Ancient City Wall was approved by the State Council as a national key cultural relic protection unit.