Photographer's Note

Pingyao (Chinese: 平遥) is an amazingly preserved ancient town in Shanxi province, some 700 km from Beijing. It still retains its layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The city walls of Pingyao were constructed in the 3rd year of the Hongwu Emperor (1370) and have six barbican gates, this pattern is similar to that of a turtle (the head, tail, and four legs), earning the city the moniker "Turtle City."

The walls measure about 12 meters high, with a perimeter of 6,000 meters. A 4-meter wide, 4-meter deep moat can be found just outside the walls.

Aside from the four structured towers at the four corners, there are also 72 watchtowers and more than 3,000 battlements.

This picture was taken from the western gate looking to the north.


Camera: Nikon D40
Shutter speed: 1:250sec
F-stop: f/10
ISO: 250
Focal length: 55 mm
Metering mode: Pattern
No flash / No tripod

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