Great Wall of Han Dynasty
Great Wall of Han Dynasty
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Northwest of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

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ariellek_bj
Beijing, China36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
Why is this "Great Wall" not so great? This was built in the Han Dynasty, over 2,000 years ago and so what's left of it no longer looks like a wall of defence against intruders. What you got to admire is what these walls are built with -- there were no bricks or cement available in this desert area. So people used reed, hemp, and branches from locally growing poplar and tamarisk, mixed them with sand and small rocks from the area, and build this wall by putting all these materials in compact layers.

Note that this whole sightseeing area (including the Han Great Wall, Yumen Pass, and the Hecang Ancient City) are all included in the RMB 40 admission ticket. You'll need to hire or drive a car to get there. There is no public transportation going to this area, which is almost 2 hours' drive west of the city. In between these 3 sights there's also great distances.

Note: Pack a light lunch and adequate water before you go. Also, make sure your driver is in good health condition and is not driving in fatigue. Whether you're going in winter (like me), or in the summer, driving 2 hours one way / 4 hours roundtrip within a day can be very tiring.
Written March 2, 2012
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DianneSkelton
Wellington, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This part of the Great Wall is constructed quite differently and mostly hasn't stood the test of time. Great to be in the Gobi Desert on the Ancient Silk Road and to come across a part of the Great Wall this old.
Written October 13, 2019
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SingaporeGirl
Singapore, Singapore519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
I've been here five times over the last 13 years and each time it's smaller and smaller than the previous visit. The most recent visit, there was a team of workers injecting some sort of 'secret' solution (they wouldn't tell me what it was) that they said was to help preserve the remaining layers of straw, reeds, pebbles and sand that the wall consists of. They've also roped off more areas to keep idiots from climbing on the crumbling walls to take selfies. It's so sad seeing the destruction that has happened to this amazing site. If you visit -- look only. Help preserve it. Don't discard bottles or anything in the vicinity.
Written January 5, 2017
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TanSuoTravel
London, UK271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
While most people are undoubtedly familiar with the iconic grey-bricked sections of the Great Wall near Beijing, many of them are unaware of the fact that these sections were heavily renovated during the Ming Dynasty and are only around 200 to 400 years old. If you want to see the real Great Wall, which was built during the Han Dynasty (over 2,000 years ago) and was made with packed earth, you need to travel all the way to western China, where the climate is arid enough to preserve these earthen structures.

These Han Dynasty Great Wall Relics are located very close to Yumen Pass outside of Dunhuang in Gansu province. You can buy a combined ticket for both Yumen Pass and the Han Dynasty Great Wall Relics. In order to get there, you will need to hire a car or taxi, as there are currently no tourist buses that go to this scenic sight. However, it is well-worth the trip, particularly if you combine it with a visit to the nearby Yumen Pass and the Dunhuang Yardang Landform.

Although the wall is currently in ruins and there is very little of it left, it is unbelievable to think how old it truly is and how long it has survived. As we walked along the wall, we were struck by the gravity of the situation, as it dawned on us that it had been around since nearly the beginning of human civilization. It is hard to imagine how many pairs of eyes have admired this ancient structure throughout its lifetime.

We would definitely recommend it for anyone who has seen other parts of the Great Wall, such as Mutianyu or Badaling, as it makes for a great comparison. As resilient as it is, it won't be around forever, so try to see it sooner rather than later!

For anyone who is interested in ancient Chinese history or in the Silk Road, this is a must-see attraction that can easily be incorporated into a day tour outside of Dunhuang.
Written May 7, 2019
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Carolle Mqd.
Sydney, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
This part of the Great Wall was easily more romantic and exciting than other parts seen simply because of its location and its great age of the Han Dynasty. We travelled some distance from Dunhuang to get there but the drive was well worth the visit. One can see bits of wall stretching out into the distance, a fairly barren distance therefore all the more interesting when one considers the history of how and why the wall got there in the first place.
Written July 25, 2017
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cklam0407
Hong Kong, China39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Han Dynasty is about to happened in 2000 years ago (206 BC–220 AD). I do not like the new walls and towers that built to make it more attractive. I like the old walls which it is totally not attractive. It is the real history, right?

Worth to spend RMB 20 at Ka Yue Guan for the permission of entering the city as a souvenir. An old fashioned security guide stayed there and will announced that "XXX you are now permitted to enter the city." Of course he speaks Mandarin.
Written April 12, 2016
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Foodfan2830
Detroit, MI81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
You need to be interested in seeing the wall, and then in seeing it in the original form stuck out in the middle of the desert. Then it is just truly fantastic - to see the old remnants of a wall so long and so great. Originally 3m high and 3 m wide, it is amazing how nature has taken its toll. This is remote and truly rewarding for enthusiasts. For non-enthusiasts it will be a disappointment.
Written May 4, 2015
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DennisGB01
Harleysville, PA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
The intrepid traveler, one who isn’t afraid to go somewhere that their friends have not yet gone, and one who is looking for adventure, is willing to make new friends, experience new cultures, and nature in all its magnificence, will find all of this, and more in Gansu province, and in particular Dun Huang, the Silk Road’s western China junction. In ancient times Dunhuang was an oasis on the Silk Road, the route which travelers, merchants and adventurers used to traverse Eurasia, and in early times, the only route into China. The Mogao Caves (or Grottoes) are the most significant site of ancient Dunhuang, as well as remants of the Great Wall of China. The traveler has the chance to experience a camel trek into the Mingsha Sand Dunes or across a portion of the Gobi. (Gobi is the desert-like land with a hard, gravely surface).
If this kind of travel interests you, we highly recommend the aid of Richard, a knowlegeable tour guide with good English skills whose help was invaluable as we tackled this trip on a tight budget. We speak some Chinese, so planned the outline of the trip on our own, but we found Richard through another foreigner on a trip to the Mogao Caves. Richard helped us to save considerable costs as we planned various aspects of our trip.
For personalized and customized service at our own pace and budget, he helped us navigate the modern culture and was very knowlegable about the history of the entire area. He made us feel comfortable and we felt the tension of being in an unknown place dissipating rapidly with his presence. He helped us learn and was very personable, answering all our questions and showing interest in us as well – making our time so much richer as we sought to learn about the present day Dunhuang as well as the historical and natural sites that Dunhuang and the region has to offer.
Besides driving us to Yadan National Geological Park and the Great Wall ruins, he also helped us plan a public bus trip to Jiayuguan, to be picked up by a driver to visit the Jiayuguan Great Wall, and delivered to the airport for our next flight – at a price we could not have negotiated with a local taxi driver. We are so glad we met him and would be happy to connect with him as our personal tour planner/guide on our next trip to China, as he delivers honest service and good value for the traveler at all budget levels.
He can be contacted at dunhuang.richard@163.com or phone: 13993713080.
Written April 16, 2015
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J H
Nottingham, England136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
We stopped here on our way to the Yunnan Pass. Not much to see here but you can say you've been and got the photo.
Written July 4, 2014
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imd12xl
Massachusetts70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
This is a must-seen attraction if you've come all the way to Dunhuang. I visited here on my 2nd day. It's good. Despite not knowing much about the history of this attraction site, I felt the pictures took were worthwhile.
Written June 11, 2014
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