Though small by most standards, Manass was heavily guarded against attack from outside forces. Manass was roughly square-shaped, with each side measuring nearly half a mile. The streets were arranged in a grid facing the cardinal directions.
All of the buildings of Manass were made from carefully stacked stone that was plastered with mud then white-washed.
Fields of barley and millet surrounded the land around Manass.
City walls that stood 30 ft. (9 m) high helped protect Manass. Guard towers were placed evenly on the walls. The Jade Gate and Stone Gate were the only entrances through the walls.
A militia of 5,000 soldiers protected Manass. They were comprised of 2,000 infantry and 3,000 cavalry.
Since the threat of invasion was always high, all of the citizens of Manass lived within the protection of the city walls.