Zhenbianbu Fortress ( 镇边堡）was one of the five most important forts along Datong Outer Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368-1644). The fort was originally built with earth walls in 1539 during the reign of Jiajing Emperor in Ming Dynasty. In 1583 the earth walls surrounding Zhenbianbu Fortress was reconstructed with bricks and stones.
The walled garrison city is rectangle in shape, 312 meters long from north to south and 312 meters wide from east to west with a perimeter of 1054 meters. The wall is generally 5 meters high and 3.3 meters wide on the wall top.
The exterior bricks and stones on the city wall have almost been taken away by the local villagers for building their houses. Today the same name village – Zhenbian Village is located inside the fort. There are over 3 hundred households with over 1000 villages.
The north city wall of the fort is now better preserved than other three sides. Many of the walls have collapsed or vanished. Recently the local tourism administration has invested in the restoration of the old fortress, attracting tourists to come here in a hope for developing the village economy and upgrading the life quality her. So it is better to visit here at an early date before the old for become too touristy.
The east city wall of Zhenbianbu Fortress
The wall at the northeast corner of Zhenbianbu Fortress
Standing on the east city wall and taking a picture of the village area along inside and outside the Wall
The dilapidated east gate coated with bricks and stones.
Autumn is the harvest time. We see the local villagers are busy doing their far word, threshing millet,corns and more. The couple are threshing millet.
One village’s family house
Chatting with the local villagers
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