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Shanhaiguan Gate Tower, Qinhuangdao

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One of the major passages in the Great Wall, Shanhaiguan Gate Tower reveals the workings of the Ming Dynasty military defenses and leads to an authentic old town. Built in the 1381 by Ming general Xu Da to defend against the Mongolian armies, the 13.7 m (45 ft) pass later expanded to include a fortified military city. Today, it remains one of the best-preserved gates along the wall. Climb to the top to observe panoramic views of the fortified town and contemplate its strategic location between the ocean and mountains. Take time to explore the old town below, filled with historic structures and culture. To visit Shanhaiguan Gate Tower on your trip to Qinhuangdao, use our Qinhuangdao itinerary builder.
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  • This is the last gate of the Great Wall. A lot of history behind the tower. Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head) and Shanhaiguan Gate Tower should not be miss if you're travelling north east of China.  more »
  • It is not only there is the gate tower, in Shanhaiguan much more places. Starting at the beginning of the great wall in the Bohai Sea, the more history through the coastal plain and then through the mountains. Wall able much is available here and in the surrounding area. The gate tower itself is located on the edge of the old town of Shanhaiguan which has been lovingly restored and partly rebuilt some years ago. A stroll through the old town is worth.
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  • It's worth a visit from Beijing. I took a train to Qinhuangdao and stayed at the Shangri La. Book a taxi at £10 an hour and off you go to Shanhaiguan. The Gate Tower, the First pass under Heaven, the ...  more »