The city wall of Xi’an, built in 1370, the 3rd year of Emperor Hongwu’s reign, Ming Dvnasty, has a circumference of 13. 79 kilo- round it, and the city wall is up to now the unique, the most well- preserved and the largest one in China. Located at the southern end of the Welcoming Guests Avenue, the North City Gate or also known as Anyuanmen in Chinese, is the only city gate that one must pass through no matter whether she/he comes from airport or railway station into the city.
Ancient Ceremony for Welcoming Guests into the City of Xi’an
According to the relevant record, in as early as doe flourishing period of the Tang Dynasty there time of long past. When the guests coach am gradually approaching in distance they’ll see the “warriors” in armor standing along the two sides of the city gate hail in unison: “open the city gate,” and the two vermilion door-leaves will be slowly opened. And then to the accompaniment of pleasing ancient melodies the “protocol official” ushered by the “ladies” lamp in hand is coming out of the city to welcome the guests. The. as a rite for welcoming guests cops of wine are offered to them and this is followed with the issuance of “visa for entering into the city.” ushered by the “ladies” lamp in hand and the official the guests will go along a hundred-meter-long red carpet to get into the jarred city. At this time the lady dances along red carpet to get into the jarred city.
At this time the lady dancers along both sides will dance a welcoming dance and at the same time the official will stamp their “visas for entering into the city” with his scarlet chop. By so doing the guests seem to have got an impression that they were already back to the flourishing period of the Tang Dynasty thousand years ago, thereby getting to know the cultural and literary atmosphere of the Tang Dynasty in China. The imitated ceremony for welcoming guests into r/ae Xi’an city is a kind of unique etiquette, a reproduction for welcoming distinguished guests of the Tang Dynasty in its zenith period.