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Ancient Sizhou City
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Updated: 2011-06-02

Located in Huaihe town, Xuyi County, the site of Ancient Sizhou City is 1km to the west of the county seat cross the Huai River.

The city was built in the Kaiyuan Period of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and ruined during the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). By then, it was a large central city in the Huai River basin and had a glorious history of 900 years. It has been buried in the Huai River for more than 300 years.

As proved by experts, the ancient Sizhou city has been covered by water and sand, so it is well preserved. The inner and outer city walls, five city gates, four streets, horse-faced buildings and the semicircular defensive enclosure around city gates are all in a good condition. It is a rare world heritage and has high archeological value and tourist value. It is reputed as “Pompei.”

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