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“Another site under construction :(”
Review of Jiayuguan Fortress

Jiayuguan Fortress
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Another site under construction :(”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

I have read a little about the Silk Road and my understanding that in the last few years China has found that a lot of tourist what to see the Silk Road and China is going to bring it to you.
So almost all the sites we have seen on this trip are under construction ......good or bad? Well it's nice that they are restoring all these sites but some are a little over done and are just for show, like riding a camel. The fort is a nice place to see the fort as well as the Great Wall and the museum that goes with it.
The cost of all the parks is more than lonely planet has listed if you are following the book.
This park was 120rmb and ten more for the tram. Bring water and look around. It's about and hour or two to see it.

Visited August 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Nothing left of this place..”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We were excited to come to Jiayuguan to see a part of history but ended up finding this place- a recreation through the eyes of Chinese tourism. The fort might as well be in the outskirts of Beijing since it's a total reconstruction. Even though the whole thing looked new, many parts of the site were being renovated when we were there so totally unaccessible. The ticket price was something like 120kuai/pp despite most of the place being closed. The lake was a dried up bog. Vendors inside desperately tried to sell you bicycles, knik-knaks, archery, costume-photos, puppet shows, etc as if they knew you were bored.

The fool who designed the place cut corners. Cannons (yes, cannons) lined the walls but were universally falling off their mounts and there was rubbish everywhere. You can safely conclude your money is going straight into the corrupt officials pockets who ruined the site in the first place.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Best attraction in Jiayuguan”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

When we visited in July 2013 most of the gates were in scaffolding, but it still is an impressive and historically interesting fort. Out of the three main sights in Jiayuguan, this is the one that shouldn't be missed (unless you have never seen a part of the Great Wall before)

Visited July 2013
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Newmarket, Ontario Canada
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“start of the great wall”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

When visiting this fort you must have your passport with you and fill in paperwork, there is a lot of security at this location, I assume it is still considered a military post. We expected to walk on the great wall of China which started here but it is a ruin and not accessable. The fort is at a spectacular setting guarding a pass between two mountain ranges. The views of the mountains are amazing and certainly worth the effort to visit, inside the rooms of the fort there are set pieces depicting people at various activities and also of generals plotting strategy. While there, music was playing and dragons dancing, a large cast of people involved. Very few caucasians visit there and we ended up being interviewed by a chinese news crew asking us for our impressions of the fort and the activities there, our answers being positive and complimentery.

Visited June 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Jiayuguan Fortress - western outpost of China”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We visited this historic fortress ....just amazing..to think about this outpost was the demarkation of China and the other lands.... its right now in year 2 of 3 yeard renovation project so there is a lot of scaffolding around main buildings.

The lands around this fortress is barren dessert....

- very historic and well intact
- wasn't that many tourists that went
- opera house, general quarters, and other interested parts of this fort
- I brought a big camera (SLR) and took some fabulous photos

- major renovation/construction work on this

Visited June 2013
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