Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass

Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass

Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass
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The strategic outpost at the western end of the Great Wall is the best-preserved pass.
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HKHomers
Hong Kong, China22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Had high expectations of this Jiayuguan Fort. Very disappointing though. Went with my company co-workers and we agreed it almost had a Disney Land feel, that is to say, fake/not real. Imagine the Acropolis in Athens being rebuild like this? Imagine China getting their hands on ancient Rome (the city) and rebuild it? Imagine the Great Pyramid of Giza with white smooth exterior like the original?
Why oh why invest 300mln rebuilding this place? I don't get it, actually detest it.
I was done with the place within 30 minutes as were most of my co-workers.
By the way the towers were identical to those in Xi'an (the city wall ones); must have been the same company renovating them.
The best part for me was the views of the snowcapped mountains south of the Fort. Them mountains must be over 5000m in altitude. A magnificent sight
Written 10 August 2023
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Shareru
Amsterdam, The Netherlands56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
There seem to be two listings on TA for the same stretch of wall, West Wall and Great Wall at the Jiayuguan Pass and the pictures other reviewers have uploaded are of the Wall and the Fort. These are two two different sites and you need a car or cab to visit them. I believe they are about 8kms apart. Both are covered in the 120rmb combo ticket. The West Wall is the restored end of the Great Wall and despite the fact that is looks new and feels artificial it still is the site where the Great Wall ended making it a fascinating place to visit just thinking about where you are on this planet.
It is a steep climb up, but doable even for the non fit. On the top you have good views of the mountain ranges as well as heavy industries, so it doesn't feel as desolate it as it once must have been. There can can also have a lock engraved to hang it on one of the chains near the top. Most seem to be love locks.
At the bottom of the wall there are some games you can play, like shooting, but if you just visit the wall going up, it will take you around 1-1,5 hrs.
We took a taxi to the Wall and the Fort and it cost us 100rmb. The cab waited for us and dropped us off at our hotel. Both attractions took us 3,5 hrs door to door.
Written 8 May 2016
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Monika1958
Zhuhai, China211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We bought the combined ticket for: "great wall", Beaken tower (first strategic post) and Fortress. Regular price I guess RM 110, Senior discounted ticket RMB 55 (show your pass port to receive discount).
We had hired a car for all day to bring us to all three sites, RMB 200. Made it very easy to get from A to B.
We were very disappointed in the Wall. It is restored to a point that it could be in some Chinese Amusement park. In terms of view, well, looking towards the city proper lots of smoking factory chimneys. I have never seen that many in one spot. You can see mountain ranges in the far distance, which we liked. There seem to be trails (don't look very official though) leading probably into some hinterlands.
There is another section of Wall that is not accessible at this point. We could see scaffolding on it.
We walked around the park and encountered this new Chinese Gate, which was closed. We simply walked around it and found a couple of temples which seem to be quite old and interesting. Nobody stopped us from exploring those.
We visited during Mid Autumn Festival and National days, so it was not busy at all.
Written 28 September 2019
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Unstoppable Wanderer
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This great wall was part of oldest built during Qin, Ming & Han Dynasty. Its called overhanging great wall because when view from top of mountain, it just look like hanging rope among the cliffs.
Written 8 June 2018
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bjnomads
Beijing, China676 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
The Xuanbi Great Wall, nearby Jiayuguan, is a significant disappointment, especially if you have been at the Great Wall locations by Beijing. The overly restored great wall appears almost fake, as if it was purpose built on the location as an attraction (especially with the camel diorama at the bottom of the wall). The length is also very short, only taking about 20-30 minutes to complete the entire wall , versus the parts near Beijing where you can walk for hours on end on much more picturesque and authentic wall. If this is the only wall you will see on your trip or if you have time to kill, then go, so you can see the basics of the construction and take a few photos. But if you are going through Beijing, go to the wall there (Mutianyu and Jinshanling, not Badaling) and give this one a pass.
Written 7 April 2018
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khuzaimi2015
Port Dickson, Malaysia1,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
It had been my dream for quite a while to see the Great Wall by myself, and it came true on 16 October 2017. It was an impressive structure, and it was unbelievable that they built it for 6700 kilometres long! A ticket was required to enter it. The climb up was quite steep, and strong legs are required. The view from the wall was nothing short of breathtaking. There is a small gift shop here.
Written 4 November 2017
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PanelSystem
London, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
There are four sites covered by the Y120 entrance ticket, three of which we visited. The main fort and wall sites are clumsy reconstructions (renovations), disappointingly ersatz amid a curiously industrial landscape: pylons and cooling towers as far as the eye can see. Coach parks, wax work figures, costume reenactments and plastic camels. The history and significance of the sites is there underneath, but the imagination has to work hard to get beyond the packaging. The hot, bleak and sandswept 'first beacon tower' (the first/last tower of the Great Wall), on the other hand, is unreconstructed, less visited, and puts the other sites in context. It's 7km southwest of the fort (Y20 by taxi) and made the rest worthwhile.
Written 9 September 2016
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John P
Pittsburgh, PA17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
We didn't realize until we arrived at this site that it isn't the original, or real, Great Wall. It is a reconstruction of the West Gate, probably very similar to the original, but significantly updated. If you are doing the Silk Road, this is a worthwhile stop, but if you are a history buff, be prepared for something that is a bit more like an Epcot exhibit than an encounter with the distant past. If you do not speak Chinese, it's worth renting the headphones with English explanations of the site. They work only when you are in specific locations, but they do work, and they provide basic information. As others have noted, there are lots of stairs here, so be prepared for that.
Written 10 November 2015
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Isaac B
Ballynahinch, UK444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
This was the absolute highlight of our last trip to China. The climb to the upper tower is worth the hike & we hung around here half the day.
Written 25 June 2015
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Travelingmaven
Chicago, IL288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
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 through the fort and the commander's house.

All in all, it was well-worth the time. We marveled at the construction of the wall and fort set in such a desolate landscape. We learned that fort commanders were assigned there for 3 years, that around 2000 soldiers manned the fort, that inside the walls, merchants set up shop selling to soldiers and villagers, and other interesting historical facts.

I'd recommend a visit!
Written 5 June 2014
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