The city wall has first been build in 1472 as an earth wall. Later the fortifications were strengthend by brickwalls (1570).
There are only 2 mayor gates: the Eastern and the Western Gate, which are still the main entrances to the city. They are connected by a dirt track, which people call a street. I would not have thought, that it is possible to enter the city through the gates by car. But it is possible!
The Watchtowers at the East Gate are from 1738.
"There are eight ancient temples, such as the Confucian Temple, the Temple of the Dragon King, and the Temple of Fortune, all in very poor shape in the town. The Temple of Eternal Tranquility is the oldest, with a history of more than 800 years. Visitors can see wall paintings from the Ming Dynasty that are still surprisingly complete and fresh in color. From the sizes of the temples, you may see the influence of Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity in the city."
That is what I found out about Must See's in Jimingyi. It is sometimes very difficult to get into the temples. Depends on whether there is somebody to open the doors.
Empress Dowager Cixi passed through this strategically important posthouse fleeing the Western allied forces that were attacking Beijing in the late 19th century. The house where she stayed is still standing.
Jimingyi means Rooster Crowing Posthouse. Even though I would understand a Posthouse being a house Jimingyi is a small town in the yellow country of Hebei Province. It is located on an ancient messenger relay route, along which the orders of th emperors were carried by messengers on horseback.
The posthouse was established during Yuan Dynasty, when Kublai Khan went on a western expedition. It was refurbushed and expanded in 1420 during the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty.
When the northern warlord government decided in 1913 to eliminate the ancient posthouse system and set up a modern post office system, Jimingyi went into decline. However, it is said, that it remains today the biggest and best preserved ancient posthouse in China.
Fondest memory: It is such an incredible sight in China: an ancient city with a complete city wall and no modern houses to be seen inside.
Favorite thing: The eastern and western gates are built in a double-arched brick structure, and are connected by a thoroughfare covered with grit. There are only remains of the outer city defensive walls, the once high and magnificent gate towers now little more than wooden skeletons pointing to the sky, presenting a desolate picture of the storms and stresses of history.