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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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  • 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 »
  • First pass under heaven winter season ticket is 15RMB per person. We caught a high speed train from Shenyang to Shanhaiguan, which took about 2.5 hours. From the train station you can easily follow th...  more »
  • Impressive 2-story gateway from 1381 as protection against the barbarians. You can still walk around on a piece of adjacent Wall
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