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  Jiayuguan Pass

Brief / profile
With an area of 33,500 square meters, beJiayugan pass is the most intact surviving ancient military building as well as the best preserved pass among all the passes of the Great Wall.


Jiayuguan Pass stands at the narrowest point of the western part of Hexi Corridor and 6 kilometers southwest of Jiayuguan City in Gansu Province.

Why got its this name

It got this name owing to one of its surrounding hills Jiayu.

Jiayuguan Pass has 2 gates: one is on the east side of the pass while the other is on the west side. There’s a building on each gate. The south and north sides are linked to the Great Wall. In addition, it has 3 defense lines: an inner city, an outer city and a moat. The inner city contains the largest building of the pass and the outer city is surrounded by a large wall with watchtowers, pavilions and turrets. The last line is the moat used for defense. All of these make the Jiayuguan Pass a great wonder.








This project was originally built roughly in 1372 during the early Ming Dynasty.  It became a complete defense system until 1539. It served as a key passageway of the Silk Road.

Legend and Story
A legend is about the construction of the pass. It goes like this: the official in charge of the pass ordered to the designer to estimate the exact number of bricks needed when Jiayuguan Pass was being planned. The designer gave him a number. However, the official doubted his answer and asked whether the bricks would be enough. Therefore, the designer added one. When the project was completed, one brick left which was put loosely on a gate.

As for the transportation, we advise you to take a taxi to Jiayuguan Pass from Jiayuguan City.
Admission fee.
The admission fee is RMB 101during the period from May 1st to October 31st and RMB 61 from November 1st to April 30th including the admission to Jiayuguan Pass, other cultural relics in the neighborhood, the Great Wall Museum as well as a postcard.



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