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Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass

Southwest of Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan 735100, China
0937-6396110
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Ranked #1 of 37 attractions in Jiayuguan
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The strategic outpost at the western end of the Great Wall is the best-preserved pass.
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Leesburg, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were there without any preconceived notions as part of a 8 person Silk Road tour with China Focus Travel. The reconstructed wall and fort at the western edge of ancient China are now at the edge of a highly industrialized desert city within view of a snowy mountain range. In the fort, we saw a performance of jugglers and... More

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Chicago, IL
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117 reviews 117 reviews
69 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The farthest fort along the Great Wall is worth a visit of at least 2-3 hours! When we visited, we saw a performance - a magician, acrobats, and mime play about ancient battles. There are merchants selling rocks from the Gobi, shadow puppets, "passports" and camel rides. You can also visit a small on-site Daoist temple, as well as walk... More

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

much of the original pass is built over and barely visible. The view on top of the mountain isn't that nice either

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Mission Viejo, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We arrived on a clear spring day. The steps are uneven so you will need good walking/running shoes. We actually ran it and it was quite a run up. The views were magnificent. there are vendors with both hot tea and cold drinks a few touristy trinkets for sale, prices were ok, maybe a few yuan higher than Beijing. There... More

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Los Angeles, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Everyone else can tell you how great this is. I'll add a little extra info. The climb up the steps to the first tower above the base is not for the faint of heart or weak of knee. It's almost straight up, up, up, ... a long way! I'm 64, heavy, and big. I made it, but I got to... More

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New London, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Yes-parts of it have been repaired Yes-The country is making money off of it Yes-It is the most amazing thing to see and feel and touch when you get up there. We went with a private tour and hiked almost 4 miles of breathtaking scenery learned from some grade guides and had a very nice village with some locals. (Said... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

What an amazing thing it is to walk on something hundreds of years old and reflect on why this wall was built. Hard to imagine that foot soldiers would come to these walls and attempt to scale them. Be prepared for a steep incline, steep uneven staircases. Remember to stretch BEFORE going up, we all forgot and had sore hamstrings... More

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Darwin, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Enjoyed our experience walking along the great wall and marvelled at its construction. Even though most of the wall has been restored, it is still an amazing site. The Chinese characters built near the wall entrance is out of place in such beautiful surrounds.

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38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The wall has been restored and therefore doesn't feel very authentic, but it looks good it is not too expensive and after all it is the western end of the great wall. So it's good to walk here for an hour or so. What bothers me a little bit is that the Chinese have a tendency to make places like... More

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Wyong, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Be prepared for crowds, and lots and lots of steps and not often mentioned, the air pollution. What an experience....to walk on the iconic steps of this magnificent feat of engineering. Its a bit of a hassle to try to organise to get there yourself, you have to catch local buses etc. Go on an organised tour. We were in... More

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