Jiayuguan Fortress

Jiayuguan Fortress

Jiayuguan Fortress
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Zarza's Travels
China371 contributions
Don't go out of your way to get here...
Jul 2021 • Friends
It wasn't quite what I was expecting, very modern and not much information available about the history of the place. Having seen several sections of the wall, this was probably the least impressive. I think if you only have a short time here, missing this and going straight to the part of the wall you can climb is probably your best bet! Was quite busy when I went, lots of selfie requests and people blocking quite small paths trying to get the perfect picture. In summary, it was ok, but nothing special.
Written July 16, 2021
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
Not entirely but still worth a visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
Even though this place is predominantly reconstructed, I enjoyed the visit because it gave me a perspective of what the ancient city and the fortified walls look like. In fact, if I were to draw a parallel, the place is like a combination of the ancient city wall in Xi’an and a small section of the Great Wall of China located in Beijing.

We enjoyed walking on top of the fortified walls. The views are nice, if not for the industrial towers that spoil the otherwise picturesque background.

And if you missed the chance to ride on a camel at Mingsha Mountain, you will find then at the entrance of this attraction.
Written October 11, 2020
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Anne B
Beijing, China73 contributions
Historic place
Oct 2020 • Friends
The place is historically very important but honestly we did not get very much from the whole story behind.

Some explanations in English are hardly to understand, others are better.
Might be a good idea to take the audio guide to understand more about the background and give better ideas about the life which happened in the Fortress.
Written October 8, 2020
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,794 contributions
Beautiful Fortress at Jiayuguan Pass
Oct 2019
This is a beautifully maintained fortress that is located at a strategic location - Jiayuguan Pass which is an important passage for the ancient Silk Road and it is also the location for the western end of the Great Wall.. This fortress is a very photogenic structure in this remote area of China - large and imposing. We walked around grounds of the fortress and on the fortress walls that overlook the Pass area. A must see place while in Jiayuguan because it served as an important location along the Silk Road.
Written January 3, 2020
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sukrita_kaimook
Bangkok, Thailand20 contributions
Jiayuguan Fortress
Oct 2019
A must place to visit to see the far-far-western wall/fortress of the Great Wall of China.
Give yourself a few hours to wall around the fortress.
Written November 25, 2019
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Ronald Simanjuntak
Jakarta, Indonesia30 contributions
Visit early to beat the crowd
Oct 2019
I visited it on a Monday after the Golden Week, and found a big crowd of tourists who try to pass the entrance. The queue was not effective and it took 1 hour for me in queueing just to pass the ticket checking point. Not sure what is wrong on that day.

So, it's better to come early to beat the crowd. It's open by 08:00 or 08:30, depends on the season.

For a photography enthusiast, there is a bonus if come early.
After you enter the complex from the East Gate, just quick pass the West Gate (you can come back to the inner court later). You will be on the dessert. Then hike the small hill on the north part of the wall. You will have a good spot to take a clear picture of the fortress from outside with a sidelight of the morning sun illuminate its east wall and Qilian Mountain on the background.
Written October 25, 2019
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Monika1958
Zhuhai, China215 contributions
Too noisy to enjoy
Sep 2019
This was the last stop for us visiting the three sites on the combined ticket. It could be a great site if it would be treated with more respect. Loudspeakers installed along the walkways, shop keepers offering their services via those on repeat set speaker horns.
The place does offer some nice photo opps though.
Camel rides are available. We felt sorry for those camels they didn't look to well cared for. (We saw camels later during our trip in Dunhuang, Mingsha Mountain that were well cared for). By the way if you take pictures of the camels they try to get RMB 20 from you.
Written September 28, 2019
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Foo Vung T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia90 contributions
Very Historic
Sep 2019 • Couples
Before stepping into this Fortress, one should google and understand the history of this place. The place is well maintained. However it can be crowded with loads of tour buses. The place is not huge. If you have a guide, it will be even more meaningful.
Written September 11, 2019
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK720 contributions
Massively restored
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is a nice fort, but in no way does is feel old.
There are alot of Chinese tourists, very few westerners. You can spend 1-2 hours wandering the fort, there is also a museum closer to the car park. The main signage is in English, but nothing on the smaller objects.
Lots of cafes and stalls that you are sent through on your way out back to the car park.
Written July 12, 2019
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lovetoootravel
Melbourne, Australia248 contributions
Lots of history on display
Jun 2019 • Couples
Here you will see how thick the Great Wall was when first built and how thin the wall is from the restoration work - very fascinating.
There are also reenactment shows on at various times during ng the day.
Written June 27, 2019
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