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Jiayuguan Fort

Jiayuguan Fort

One of the classic images of western China, this huge fort once guarded the narrow pass between the snowcapped Qilian Shan peaks and the Hei Shan (Black Mountains) of the Mazong Shan range.Built in 1372, it was...

Historic Site in Jiayuguan

Overhanging Great Wall

Overhanging Great Wall

Running north from Jiayuguan Fort, this section of the Great Wall is believed to have been first constructed in 1539, though it was reconstructed in 1987. It’s a reasonably energetic hike up the equivalent of 55...

Museum in Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan Museum of the Great Wall

Located inside Jiayuguan Fort, this excellent and highly informative museum contains photos, artefacts, maps, Silk Road exhibits and models to show just how the fort and the Great Wall of China influenced the...

Historic Site in Jiayuguan

First Beacon Platform of the Great Wall

Atop a 56m-high cliff overlooking the Taolai River south of Jiayuguan, a large, crumbling and wind-eroded chunk of packed earth is all that remains of this beacon platform, believed to be the first signalling...

Tomb in Jiayuguan

Weijin Tombs

These tombs date from approximately AD 220–420 (the Wei and Western Jin periods) and contain extraordinarily fresh brick-wall paintings (some sadly ineptly retouched) depicting scenes of everyday life, from...

Market in Jiayuguan

Jingtie Market

At this busy market load up on lamb kebabs, ròujiāmó (肉夹馍, pork sandwiches), shāguō (claypot) dishes, barbecue, Sichuan cuisine, beef noodles, roast duck, dumplings and more. There's a whole batch of small...

Market in Jiayuguan

Fuqiang Market

For a fast, hot meal in the evenings, especially barbecued lamb washed down with beer, try the food stalls at this market, north of the Xinhua Lu traffic circle.

Sichuan in Jiayuguan

Yuanzhongyuan Restaurant

Directly across from the bus station on the far side of a small park is this very good and rather smart Sichuan restaurant. Reach for the 'cookery book' (which the restaurant calls its menu) and sample the spicy...