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“Restored Fortress is impressive in its show of ancient ingenuity”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Jiayuguan Fortress

Jiayuguan Fortress
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Shenzhen, China
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“Restored Fortress is impressive in its show of ancient ingenuity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

The "jar" doors used to trap attacking armies and the spiked rollers were cool examples of ancient China's trickery against invaders. This is an isolated spot that lets you imagine how desolate the area was to be defended. Obviously this is a tough spot to visit but if you are on the Silk Road tour it is not to be missed.

Visited May 2014
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“Could be better .”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Actually this fortress ( the last one at western end of the Great Wall ) is really impressive , but it has been almost totally and too renovated ( chinese style !!! ) . It seems something from Disneyland ! Moreover around only one side is free of factories , electric wires , chimneys and industries Therefore , from the walls , you can't enjoy a good scenery .
Anyway , if you are traveling along the Silk Road you can't miss this historical visit .

Visited September 2013
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“Another site under construction :(”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 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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“Nothing left of this place..”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 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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“Best attraction in Jiayuguan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 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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