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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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  • In about an hour on the bullet train from Beijing are in the easternmost wall fortifications Shanhaiguan. They built a rectangular ramparts, said world respect. Sticking to old dragon and the sea extends further East wall, preventing invasion from northern ethnic groups. It is good is good walking around in a motorized cart. Also the westernmost Jiayuguan is recommended.
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  • And the 3rd out of 3, finished. Finally I took my time to visit the Pass itself. I directly claimed the city Wall at the north-west end and just could head for east (rest was under construction - very...  more »
  • 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 »