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“The jade gate was stunning”
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Yumen Pass
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Ranked #5 of 49 things to do in Dunhuang
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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“The jade gate was stunning”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

This was my main reason for visiting and I was well pleased. However make sure you also travel about 1.5km further up the road and turn off to see the old original sandstone and hay wall and watch tower too. It is shown on the ticket and I had read about it online. However our guide was unaware of it and had never taken anyone there before. I think he was more amazed than we were.

Visited May 2012
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“Ruins of a small fortress”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

At the heyday of the Silk Road, the Yumen Pass is one of two gates that travelers exit to head west for trade or pilgrimage. What's left today is a fenced-off small fortress, which you can only observe from a distance. Like several other ancient relics of Dunhuang, what you're seeing is a symbolic site, a romantic spot that has inspired much beautiful Chinese poetry about separation and traveling away from the homeland.

Yumen means 'jade gate' or 'jade pass'. Legend has it that jade that originated from what is today Xinjiang and Tibet regions came into China through this gate.

The open space in this area is dry, often windy, and in the summer extremely scorched. Sunglasses are essential and you may consider bringing a light scarf to cover your face from the dust. During the summer, the locals come here to observe the sunrise and sunset.

Visited February 2012
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