Activities on Xi'an City Wall

City Wall Lantern Fair

The Chinese New Year Lantern Fair has been held on the City Wall since 1985. It usually begins on 23th day of the last month according to Chinese lunar calendar and ends on the last day of the first month of the Chinese New Year. The fair provides a great opportunity for citizens and tourists to appreciate not only various kinds of lanterns but also the magnificent night view of the wall itself.

2024 Xi'an City Wall Lantern Fair

Time: Feb. 2 - March 24, 2024
Location: South Gate (Yongning Gate) Section of Xi'an City Wall
Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Entrances: South Gate or Wenchang Gate
Lighting time: 18:00 from Feb. 2 - Mar. 24, 2024
Performance Schedule:
Feb. 2 - Feb. 9: 09:30 - 17:30, 30 performances in total
Feb. 10 - Feb. 25: 09:30 - 17:30, 59 performances in total
 If you enter the lantern fair from other gates at a cost of CNY 45, then you need to pay CNY 55 more to make up price difference.
2012 Xi'an City Wall Lantern Fair Multi-colored lanterns with the shape of dragon

 More Lantern Fair Photos      Video of 2012 Lantern Festival on the City Wall


Xi'an City Wall International Marathon

This is one of the most important annual games in the city and also an international sporting event. An extra benefit is that many people from home and abroad learn much more about this ancient city by participating in this athletic contest. The International Marathon has become a special calling card for the city to expand international exchange and operations.

2023 Xi'an City Wall International Marathon

Xi'an City Wall Marathon
 More City Wall Intl. Marathon Photos
Time: Oct. 29, 2023
Entrance Fee: CNY200 for Half Marathon; CNY 200 for 13.7 Kilometers; CNY 100 for 5 Kilometers.
Starting Point: South Gate (Yongning Gate)


1. Half Marathon: Starting from 100 meters to the west of the gate tower of South Gate, via Zhuque Gate – Hanguang Gate – West Gate – Yuxiang Gate – North Gate – Chaoyang Gate, return along the same route from 200 meters to the north of East Gate to the starting point.
2. 13.7 Kilometers: Starting from 100 meters to the west of the gate tower of South Gate, via Zhuque Gate – Hanguang Gate – West Gate – Yuxiang Gate – North Gate – Chaoyang Gate – East Gate – Jianguo Gate – Heping Gate – Wenchang Gate, and reach the east of the gate tower of South Gate, the finish line.
3. Five Kilometers: Starting from 100 meters to the west of the gate tower of South Gate, via Hanguang Gate, return along the same route from Southwest City Corner to the starting point.

City Wall Kite Festival

Time: April, 2023 
Location: the Gate Tower of South Gate
Content: The Kite Festival is held on March 3rd of the Chinese lunar calendar every year on the City Wall. It combines Chinese traditional culture and citizen entertainment, enhancing the vitality of the wall and enriching leisure activities of the citizenry. During the festival, all kinds of kites fly in the sky, showing a thriving spring scene. The festival also has colorful activities, such as a stunt kite performance, kite exhibitions, kite-making, and performance kite-flying. A large number of citizens and tourists are attracted to participate in these activities.
- Last updated on Feb. 05, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Activities on Xi'an City Wall
Asked by Ana from BRAZIL | Jan. 29, 2017 11:12Reply
Does 2017 Lantern Festival on Xi'an occur only in City Wall?
Or can i see Lion dance and other folk thing on south gate or somewere else?
Answers (1)
Answered by Isabella from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 29, 2017 20:38

No, you can also appreciate the 2017 Lantern Festival at Tang Paradise.
In addition, you can join in other folk activities at Tang West Market. Have fun!
Asked by Susan Grant from CANADA | Aug. 09, 2016 14:20Reply
Xi'an City Wall Marathon Nov 5 2016. Very interested in participating in 2016.
Can you advise when registration will be opened?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack from USA | Aug. 11, 2016 01:44

As I know, the registration hasn't started yet. Let's pay close attention to the latest news!
Asked by Sorin from ISRAEL | May. 02, 2016 13:52Reply
I am interested to enter for the run on Xi'an City Wall 2016. How can I do this?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mary | May. 02, 2016 22:46

You need to register for the run, but I just know the Chinese website. Anyway, you can call 029-87965269 or 029-85257538 to consult further. Good luck!
Asked by Mohamed Ariff Bin Tar Mohamed from MALAYSIA | Aug. 03, 2015 00:13Reply
I would also like to enter for the run on Xi'an City Wall
I would also like to enter for the run but I cannot find the on-line entry portal in the website "sports.cnwest"
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from INDONESIA | Aug. 03, 2015 20:03

Oh, you must refer to the City Wall International marathon? As I know, the comeptition will be held On Nov. 6th. The signning up usually starts in Sep and last to October, so you cannot enter it now. Still on that website, you should pay attention on that. There willl be announcement when you can sign up. If you wanna know details in advance, try to contact the wall at or 86-029-86366952.
Asked by Ivan Young from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 20, 2014 04:57Reply
How can I enter the half marathon in November 2014 on Xi'an City Wall?
Is there an on line registartion site. I would like to enter . I am from New Zealand and would like to enter the race and visit your lovely city.
Answers (1)
Answered by Adele from CHINA | Sep. 21, 2014 03:03

Yes, there is an online registration system for all. You can search "sports.cnwest" online. On the bottom of the right side of the page, you can find the registration portal of the Marathon. Welcome to our city!
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