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. Put Shanhaiguan Gate Tower and other Qinhuangdao attractions into our Qinhuangdao trip itinerary planning app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Same same in terms of the gate towers (if you've been to any others in China this offers nothing new) but the walk around the Wall is good. For half of it we saw no-one which is refreshing in China! T...  more »
  • First about the fact that in the past there are many ears, have been looking for a chance to go for a walk this time, especially here, there really is a lot of sense of amazing, there were no large machines, but people could build such a great city, and it would feel so small that they were really worth walking.
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  • This location is very significant historically. This is the first gate in the Great Wall of China. This is where the Manchurian armies were let through to take control at the end of the Ming dynasty. ...  more »

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Accommodations in Qinhuangdao lie chiefly along its coastline strip, ranging from five-star hotels and bustling chain resorts to affordable inns and guesthouses. In spite of the city's compact size, you may need to take taxis or public transit to get from one attraction to the next, since they spread out along the lengthy coast. Hostels and apartments for short-term rent make good budget-conscious options.
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