Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass, Jiayuguan
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Imagine how lonely life on the frontier must have felt at Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass, facing an endless desert and representing one of the waypoints on the ancient Silk Road. Nestled between towering mountains and desert hills, the pass boasts an inner city and an outer city encircled with a moat. Notice how the barbicans and other defensive structures built with loess blend in with the dessert. Look for the spring in front of the fortress, which is the main reason the pass was built there. Local legend claims that during construction, the emperor expressed doubts in the engineer's judgment concerning the exact number of bricks needed to complete the structure. The engineer added one more brick to the total number to assuage the rulers doubts--it was left over when the pass was finished and can still can be seen laying loose on one of the gates. Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Jiayuguan Edition.
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There are four sites covered by the Y120 entrance ticket, three of which we visited. The main fort and wall sites are clumsy reconstructions (renovations), disappointingly ersatz amid a curiously indu... read more »
Buit in 1372 during Ming Dynasty,it is a bit different from the Beijing Great Wall. There are buggy from the entrance to the Wall
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