General Introduction

The Great Wall in Datong can be dated back to the Warring Sates Period (475BC-221BC) and was built between the 4th Century and the 18th Century under nine successive Chinese dynasties. The first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty divided the northern frontline with Mongolia into nine important defense areas of strategic importance along the Great Wall among which Datong is one of the biggest. The remains of the Great Wall in Datong were mostly constructed in the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall in Datong comprises outer and inner walls with hundreds of ancient fortresses and thousands of beacon towers distributed across seven counties and districts of the city, namely Xinrong District and Hunyuan, Lingqiu, Guangling, Yanggao, Tianzhen and Zuoyun Counties.

Uniqueness

  • Built between the 4th Century and the 18th Century under nine successive Chinese dynasties.
  • One of the biggest important defense areas of strategic importance along the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty.
  • Comprises outer and inner walls with hundreds of ancient fortresses and thousands of beacon towers.
  • The most representative Shoukou Fortress, Yanggao County; Zhenbian Fortress, Yanggao County; Desheng Fortress, Xinrong District; Xinping Fortress, Tianzhen County.