Jiayuguan Fort Reviews
The most spectacular fort in China or is it the strongest fort under heaven? May 05, 2008
Anyone interested in the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road or Chinese history would have heard of Jiayuguan (Jia Yu Guan, guan means pass in Chinese) being the strongest fort or pass under heaven. Of course the area under heaven nowadays is much larger than it used to be, but it definitely is still the most famous and spectacular fort in China. The city of Jiayuguan is named after the fort and is where you would go to visit the fort.
The current fort was built in 1372 during the Ming dynasty. Commanding a narrow throat of the Hexi corridor it was very strategic militarily. The fort itself has an outer wall connected with the Great Wall, and is usually considered the start of the Great Wall, however, the westernmost part of the Great Wall itself is at another spot near Jiayuguan which you should also visit while in Jiayuguan. Imagine yourself as a traveler on the Silk Road coming from the west, through the desert of Gobi, and oasis of Dunhuang was many days before, now you come up on this majestic fort with 10 meter tall walls and three pavilions on top, you can't help but to say WOW!
Plan to spend between 1-2 hours here. The ticket price was 100 RMB in 2008.
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