Originally known as Small Square City, the Great Wall Yumenguan Pass is one of the two important passes on the western frontier of the Han Dynasty lands, and Yangguan Pass is the other. It is located at the western end of Hexi Corridor. In ancient times, it was the crucial gateway from central China to the western regions.
Yumenguan Pass, in English literally meaning Jade-Gate Pass, gets its name for its original function as a pass through which beautiful jade was transported into the inner China. In the ancient times, Yumenguan Pass was a post station for businessmen, military generals and ambassadors.
At the same time, according to history, western China’s music and food, including grapes, pomegranates and walnuts, had been introduced into central China via Yumenguan Pass.
Location: Gobi Desert, 90 km northwest from Dunhuang City
Transportation: There is no direct public transportation, suggested charter a car or find a local travel agency to provide transfer service to there. Charter fee is around 300 Yuan.
Ticket: CNY 40
Opening hours: 08:00–18:00