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The Stone City (石頭城, pinyin Shítóu Chéng) is the popular name of an ancient fortified city within the current city of Nanjing. Almost all of the original city is gone; all that remains are portions of the massive city wall.
The original town was built during the Warring States period by the kingdom of Chu. The city was expanded during the Later Han Dynasty and a wall, about nine thousand meters (5½ mi) in circumference, was built around the existing Chu-era city. Today the Stone City lies within the confines of Nanjing's Qingliang Park. The ancient city is strongly enough associated with Nanjing that Nanjing itself is sometimes referred to as "Stone City".
Stone City Park
The ancient city wall from Caochang Gate (in Chinese "草场门") to Qingliang Gate (in Chinese "清凉门"）is protected from being pulled down. it has been built into a park for free. One of the most famous landmark in the park is the "Ghost-Faced Wall".
- Anecdotes of Nanjing《南京掌故》 published by Nanjing Normal University Press Author: Chen Jimin on page 14-17
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