Overhanging Great Wall

Historic Site in Jiayuguan

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Running north from Jiāyùguān Fort, this section of the Great Wall is believed to have been first constructed in 1539, though it was reconstructed in 1987. It’s quite an energetic hike up the equivalent of 55 flights of stairs to excellent views of the desert and the glittering snowcapped peaks in the distance, though views are a little mired by Jiāyùguān's increasingly polluted air. The Wall is about 9km north of the fort.