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Yumen Pass, Dunhuang

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Yumen Pass, or Jade Gate or Pass of the Jade Gate, is the name of a pass located west of Dunhuang in today's Gansu Province of China. In ancient times, this was a pass through which the Silk Road passed, and was the one road connecting Central Asia and China, the former called the Western Regions. Just to the south was the Yangguan pass, which was also an important point on the Silk Road.Although the Chinese guan is usually translated simply as "pass", its more specific meaning is a "frontier pass" to distinguish it from an ordinary pass through the mountains. Yumen guan 玉門關 and Yang guan 陽關 are derived from: yu 玉 = 'jade' + men 門 = 'gate', 'door'; and yang 陽 = 'sunny side', 'south side of a hill', 'north side of a river,' and guan 關 = ‘frontier-passes’. These were the two most famous passes leading to the north and west from Chinese territory. During the Early Han, "... a defensive line was established from Jiuquan ('Wine Springs') in the Gansu Corridor west to the Jade Gate Pass at its end."It is not to be confused with the city Yumen (玉門, literally Jade Gate) in Gansu, China. Although both are within the same Jiuquan "prefecture-level city" (a multi-county administrative unit) of Gansu province, Yumen Pass is located some 400 km to the west of its namesake city.
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  • that was famous & important place in ancient but remain not so much currently. not much place to visit and not so good for the wooden stair/stage bulit up at the front side. it has a bit annoying whil...  more »
  • This was a part of 1 day tour I took. It has historical importance. My legs had given up so I didn't explore the pass... just stayed near the entrance.  more »
  • The whole experience could take as little as twenty minutes. What I found interesting was the method of construction of the pass and the two different entrances, one for the European traveller and one...  more »