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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 of the Great Wall located west of Dunhuang in today's Gansu Province of China. During the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), 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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  • These are the remains of an ancient defense gate demarking the line of control of the Chinese empire at the time. There is a small museum explaining the history, as well as a platform that allows for ...  more »
  • The Fort stands in a large expedition in Gobi desert rock. With Ogata Panel Castle near felt the weight of the history of China. It might be reasonably busy days.
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  • Was on my way in the car to go Ya Dan landform, and along the highway there's a toll gate where foreigners are made to pay entrance fee of about 40yuan per pax WHETHER OR NOT you wanna go visit Yumen ...  more »

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