Jiayuguan, the most western end of the Great Wall with 6 kilometers southwest of Jianyuguan City of Gansu Province, or 380 kilometers from Dunhuang City and 750 kilometers from Lanzhou City, is built in the Hongwu emperor period in Ming Dynasty and got its name got its name for being located on the Jayu Highland between the Wenshu and Heishan mountains at the foot of the Qilian Mountains. It is the best preserved section of the whole Great Wall and the essential stop of the ancient Silk Road in the narrowest point of the western part of Hexi Corridor. Travelling here, you will experience the desolation and loneliness of the desert and wall as the Jiayuguan passes through the Gebi Desert from its west to east.
Being built with rammed earth in 1372, the Jiayuguan covers an area of 34 square kilometers with its total length 733 meters and height 11.7 meters and its shapes looks like a trapezoid. Together with an inner city wall, outer city wall, trenches, and fortifications with walls around them, the Great Wall in Jiayuguan has a good layout with a three-storied gate tower and 4 corner towers; you can enjoy the fascinating views of the boundless Gobi Desert and the snow-capped Qilian Mountains here.
Boasting so many alluring and amazing sceneries, the Jiyayuguan will be a great place to leave you wonderful and memorable experience in China. Moreover, the architectural complex of the castle is magnificently exquisite for its towers and pavilions have a classic beauty and grandeur with their roofs upturned at the end of the ridges, you will always experience different scenes in all directions regardless of seasons. Attractions near here are including The Suspended Great Wall, Great Wall Museum and Qiyi (July First) Glaciers, which will make your tour here colorful and worthwhile!
Important tips for you to visit the Jiayuguan: 1) Choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet. 2) Dress layers of clothes. 3) Take sun protection in the summer and dress for sub zero temperatures in the winter. 4) Bring breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind.