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Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass, Jiayuguan

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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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  • This activity is billed as one of three "End of the Great Wall" activities, but it is by far the least interesting. Except perhaps for the very top portion, it is of recent construction, and looks it.  more »
  • Give ourself more than 2 hours. It's a definite climb. Great views of the weather holds out! Wear sensible shoes! It's more of a hike and climb than a simple ascension of steps. Amazing to see what th...  more »
  • If you’re not a history junkie like me, you’ll prolly find yourself spending a few hours exerting your way up the numerous flight of stairs, explore the large compound, take coupla pictures and take i...  more »