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The First Strategic Post

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Historic location with good exhibition

Very historic spot, good explanation of the Great Wall’s history in well curated exhibition. We did... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
Beijing, China
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My husband and I really wanted to make it here because we have already been to Shanhaiguan where... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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Bank of Taolai River, Xiongguan District, Jiayuguan 735100, China
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Very historic spot, good explanation of the Great Wall’s history in well curated exhibition. We did it as one of two sections s of the wall visited in Jiayuguan and we really liked the history explanation at this location. We travelled off season, therefore most...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Made it out to the start (or end) of the Great Wall just as a sandstorm was blowing in from Xinjiang. Even with slightly less visibility it was totally worth a look, as long as you have realistic expectations. It is a significant monument of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

There's an excellent small museum and glassbottom overhanging viewing platform, an entire replica fort town and inn, and a terrifying but terrific role bridge across a gorgeous river canyon. Do not miss it!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

My husband and I really wanted to make it here because we have already been to Shanhaiguan where the wall goes into the ocean, so getting a picture of the wall where it started was why we came to Jiayuguan. When you arrive you can...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed February 14, 2016

I'm sure it was interesting if you made it, however when I arrived there was no-one to open the gate. Despite having paid for it. And even if the gate was opened, our car was not allowed inside so I would have had to pay...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank John G
Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Don't be put off by previous reviews, yes the first strategic post is now reduced to a walled off area which is a mound of rubble and sand, but what else do you expect? Without renovating it (which will also receive negative comments about it...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed June 23, 2015

Its a massive mound of sand. BUT its colossal and its old and it is at the very end of the Great Wall. Nothing further west than this. Very different to the romantic wall and posts that you see elsewhere which consist of stone and...More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Alan-Phillips6
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This site has been beefed up with a pointless 'museum' with dinosaur bones, a bar, a stone-yurt hotel, a wild-west theme park and a flying fox. A lot of reconstruction was going on there when we visited, presumably to add more gimmicks to the aging...More

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Stubie6
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Historic landmark but nothing that special to see.... there is a suspension bridge, beacon, and musuem to see... its 10 min drive from Jiayuguan fortress...

Date of experience: June 2013
Reviewed May 17, 2013

No that much to see but it is significant as the end (or beginning) of the Wall. You can see the huge cliff and understand how the Wall could start there. There is a small "museum" and you can take the zip line across (it...More

Date of experience: May 2013
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