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Jiayuguan Great Wall

Jiayuguan Great Wall


What makes Jiayuguan Great Wall different?


Jiayuguan Great Wall, the westernmost section of the Great Wall, was added to the World Heritage List in 1987. The construction of the Jiayuguan Great Wall spans 168 years, from 1372 to 1540 during the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644). The Jiayuguan Fort in the Jiayuguan Great Wall is the most intact and grandest fort of the Great Wall, therefore enjoying the reputation of “The First and Greatest Fort under the Heaven.” The Great Wall joins the Ancient Silk Road at the Jiayuguan Fort.


Three parts of the Jiayuguan Great Wall


The Jiayuguan Fort houses three spectacular buildings, namely Guanghua Building, Rouyuan Building, and Jiayuguan Building. The Jiayuguan Fort is a major part of and the most-visited destination in the Jiayuguan Great Wall.



First Beacon of the Great Wall is 7.5 kilometers away from the Jiayuguan Fort and was constructed in 1539. As its name suggests, the Beacon is the first beacon and the western-most starting point of the Great Wall. Its location on the summit of an 80-meter-deep valley also makes it one of the most dangerous beacons in China.



Overhanging Great Wall lies at the western part of the Jiayuguan Great Wall. Built in 1539, the Great Wall spans 7.5 kilometers and snakes its way over the top of the Black Mountain. This branch is the steepest section of the Jiayuguan Great Wall, and therefore must be a great choice for energetic visitors.



Please note that the three sites are not at the same place. And it all takes over 15 minutes to drive from one place to another.




You can enjoy breathtaking scenery at the Jiayuguan Fort, including the incredible desert landscape of the Gobi Desert to the east, the glowing Black Mountain with heat wave to the north, the rolling Qilian Mountain to the south and the splendid urban scenery to the east. On hot and sunny days, you might even run into a desert mirage.


How to get to the Jiayuguan Great Wall


It takes about 40 minutes and CNY 50 to get from the airport to the Great Wall by taxi. The taxi fare from the city center to the Wall is CNY 9.


Ticket price


CNY 100 for the Jiayuguan Fort, the First Beacon of the Great Wall and the Overhanging Great Wall.


Opening hours


1st Jan - 15th Apr: 09:00 - 17:30

16th Apr -30th Jun: 08:30 - 18:00

1st Jul - 10th Oct: 08:00 - 20:00

11th Oct - 15th Nov: 08:30 -18:00

16th Nov – 31st Dec: 09:00-17:30


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