Jiayuguan Fort

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Jiayuguan Fort
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Construction history

The Ming Dynasty Jiayuguan fort was built in 1372. It was enlarged in 1539 and restored a couple of decades ago.


Jiayuguan's outer wall is 733 meters (nearly a half mile) in circumference. Its two gate watchtowers are 20 meters (63 feet) tall.

Best viewpoint

For an awesome view, climb the nearby section of the Great Wall called the Overhanging Great Wall. Be forewarned, though, one part has a 45 degree incline.

Nearest major cities

Jiayuguan is about 380 kilometers (230 miles) from Dinhuang city and 750 kilometers (450 miles) northwest of Lanzhou city, the capital of Gansu province.

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