Ththe Eieigh­teenh Ffortresses off Yyan­men­guan

China Scenic - - Military -

Within the de­fense area along the Ming Great Wall there were nine large gar­risons al­to­gether, namely the“nine Gar­risons of the Ming Dy­nasty,”of which Da­tong in to­day’s Shanxi was the first one and Taiyuan in the same area was the sec­ond. Yan­men­guan was situated at the cen­ter of Taiyuan’s de­fense line. Its 18 fortresses and nearly 170 kilo­me­ters of wall con­nect­ing them formed a gi­gan­tic de­fense sys­tem. Illustration/ Liu Zhenyu

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