Jiayuguan—the most Western End of the Great Wall

Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan

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.

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan

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!

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan

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.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu

Mutianyu

Located in the Huairou area with its west connecting to Juyongguan Great Wall and east connecting to Gubeikou— about 95 km (59 miles) north of Beijing (a 2 hour 30 minute journey from the city center), the Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the 16 new scenic spots in Beijing and it is the less crowded section of the whole Great Wall. Moreover, it has better architecture than at Badaling with more watchtowers. The famous attractions in its west such as Jiankou, Niujiaobian, Yingfeidao are the essence of the whole Great Wall.

Mutianyu

Mutianyu

Features about 1500 years of history, the Mutianyu Great Wall is a masterpiece of restoration, with 22 original style watchtowers about one every kilometer, on overlapping mountain ranges. And it is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section opens to tourists. With the greens of pines and cypresses covering ninety percent of the surrounding area, the scenery here is beautiful all the year round, together with the project of the hiking cables, slippery paths, dreaming stone city, the Mutianyu Great Wall has been the combination of the Great Wall culture, stone culture, physical culture, healthy fitness and entertainment, it has attracted numerous travelers to visit here, of whom including the pre-president of the UK Major and the pre-president of America Clinton.  It has been listed as the No.1 attraction for the foreigners in Beijing in 1992 and entitled as a 4 star level spot area in China in 2002. Nearby attractions of the Mutianyu Great Wall include the Jiankou (Arrow Nock) section, which is only 20 minutes away.

Mutianyu

Mutianyu

Plan your trip to experience the alluring scenery of the Great Wall in Mutianyu now; it will be an enjoyable and comfortable tour for you. Keep the following tips in mind: Just wear the short clothes in the summer as it’s so hot in Beijing at that time and anti-coldness clothes in winter because it’s much colder at the wall than at the valleys in winter of Beijing. Do remember to take the anti-sun products to protect your skin under the sun and take the raincoat instead of the umbrellas with you because of the strong wind there.  You will find it amazing and memorable when seeing the Great Wall in its awe-inspiring former glory, winding through mountain scenery, with easier walking conditions and fewer crowds.

The Great Wall at Badaling

Badaling

Badaling

Located in the Yanqing, about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Beijing with a 1 hour 30 minutes journey from the city center, the Badaling is the representative section of the Ming Great Wall. With more than 1,000 meters above sea level, it is the best preserved and the most popular one amongst all the Great Wall sections, where you can have a birds’ eyes view of the spectacular and astonishing scenery. Its grand scenery, completed facility and profound culture and history have attracted numerous travelers from home and broad to have a visit here, of whom including about 370 state leaders and VIPs such as Obama, Nixon and Thatcher.

Badaling

Badaling

The Great Wall at Badaling was built in the 18th year (1505) of the reign of Hong Zhi, an emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Compared with the other sections, it is features comprehensive tour services such as a circular-screen cinema, GreatWallMuseum, shopping and dining facilities, as well as barrier-free structures for the disabled. GreatWallMuseum here is an all-around museum that takes the Great Wall as its theme, which comprehensively reflects the history, policy, military, economy and culture of the Great Wall. Nearby Attractions include the imperial cemetery – Ming Tombs, which is located about half way from Beijing city center to Badaling.

Badaling

Badaling

The best time to visit the grand Badaling is summer and early autumn time. Do remember to choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet and those clothes with layers that can be taken on and off for greater comfort and temperature control. And also wear the skin product for sun production in summer as the summer in Bejing is so hot and anti-coldness in winter for the sub zero temperatures because of altitude and exposure in the wall. Take the breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind also because the umbrellas here are inconvenient in strong winds. Start to plan your trip now and you’ll have a memorable experience here!

Badaling

Badaling

Great Wall—See the Grandest Sight of China There!

Badaling

Badaling

With a length of more than 100, 000 kilometers, the Great Wall is a majestic and magnificent attraction situated in the vast area of Norther China crossing from the West to the East, which is one of the greatest defensive project in the old times, reflecting not only the combination of the strong willpower and of the high-lever wisdom of the Chinese people at that time, but also the extraordinary achievement in the area of the engineering technology and long history of the People’s Republic of China. It has been listed as one of the seven wonders in the world because of its long-lasting construction time for more than 2000 years and numerous project volume in terms of defensive project in old times.

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan

Sections of the Great Wall left include: Mutianyu, Shanhaiguan, Jiayuguan , Simatai, Badaling, Gubeikou, Jiankou, Jinshanling, Hushan, Jiumenkou, Datong, Juyongguan, Dajingmen and Tngamen Graet Wall, but among these, the first five are the most famous in the world.

The Great Wall at Mutianyu is fully-restored and characterized by many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges, which is less crowded and has better architecture than that of Badaling.

Mutianyu

Mutianyu

Badaling is the best-preserved and most popular section of the Great Wall, which is one of the closest sections to Beijing with about 1.5 hours on the Badaling Expressway). And there are about 370 foreign leaders and VIPs having climbed the Badaling section.

The Simatai Great Wall is a section of unrestored original wall, well-preserved with a good range of architecture. Every part is at least 400 years old. The mountains at Simatai are particularly steep, offering great views, but the hiking is more testing.

Shanhaiguan

Shanhaiguan

Shanhaiguan is known as “the First Pass Under Heaven”. With Old Dragon’s Head (Laolongtou), the eastern limit of the Great Wall, only 5 km away, you can see where the Great Wall meets the sea. It is an important section of the Great Wall with military function.

Jiayuguan is a very well-preserved pass that has been a gateway of the Silk Road for centuries. Jiayu Pass, in the Western limits of the Great Wall in Gansu Province, traverses desert and much of the wall but it has been buried by sandstorms.

Simatai

Simatai

The main function of the Great Wall nowadays is the reflection of the spiritual culture of the Chinese Nations which stimulating the Chinese people to protect our nations and the witness of the Chinese people working hard together to achieve miracle and glory rather than the military function. Besides, it has been a must-see attractions for not only Chines but also foreigners.Therefore, start to plan your trip to visit the highlights of Great Wall, especially the Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, The Simatai Great Wall, Shanhaiguan Great Wall and Jiayuguan Great Wall, you’ll find it worthwhile and unforgettable!