Jiayuguan Travel Guide

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Jiayuguan Things to Do

  • Facts and Figures about Jiayuguan

    Location: located in the Gobi desert, at the middle of Hexi Corridor, 600 kms from Lanzhou, 5 - 6 hours away by bus from DunhaungNeighboring Areas: Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Qinghai provinces, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous RegionsPopulation: 130,000Area: 2,935 sq kmNationalities: Han, Hui, Tibetan, Dongxiang, Yugu, Baoan,...

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  • Jiayuguan town centre and shopping

    Jiayuguan is not just about the famous great wall pass. If you are in the town, you should visit the town centre which is very clean and beautiful. There is now a huge shopping complex at the town centre. Also, there is a huge monument of the horse at the town centre as shown in this photograph.

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  • Qilian Mountains

    If you are adventurous enough, you can try exploring the rmote Qilian Mountains south of Jiayuguan. On a clear day, these mountains can be seen from the town.

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  • The Wei Jin Tombs - Part II

    The tomb-brick murals of the Wei and Jin periods pre-date the Mogaokou murals and frescos at Dunhuang. The style of painting can be linked directly to the styles seen in Cave 249 at the Mogaokou. It is believed that the artists lived locally and their art depicted everyday life of the times in rich, vivid and realistic detail. The technique used a...

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  • The Wei Jin Tombs - Part I

    Located in Xincheng, 18 km northeast Jiayuguan, the Wei Jin Dynasties Tomb Complex is an extremely significant cultural site that is little visited by most visitors to Jiayuguan. The underground tombs date back to the Tang Dynasty (618~907), the Jin Dynasty and the Wei Kingdom (220-420). The whole tomb complex covers 30 sq km, with more than 1600...

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  • Overhanging Great Wall

    If you're pressed for time, skip climbing the Overhanging Great Wall and just take photos from the outside. We got marvellous photos anyway. :P I've been on the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, pretty steep bits there and the Overhanging Great Wall didn't look THAT much different. Besides, it's "restored" from 1987.

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  • Zipline fun at 1st Beacon Tower

    Admission to 1st Beacon Tower is 11 RMB, zipline ride across the gorge (?) is 35 RMB. The snow scenery at Jiayuguan fortress and 1st Beacon Tower is gorgeous... sadly, this's season-specific! Having all of these 2 places to yourself is also a big plus :D

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  • Jiayuguan-- The Great Wall's westernmost...

    Admission 60 RMB (30 RMB for students). The snow scenery at Jiayuguan fortress and 1st Beacon Tower is gorgeous... sadly, this's season-specific! Having all of these 2 places to yourself is also a big plus :D

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  • Shiguan (Overhanging Great Wall) - Part...

    This would seem odd, until (as Aurel Stein was quick to realize) the importance of the great trade route through the Jiayuguan pass is noted. For the Chinese in the earlier Han Dyasty, it was essential to protect the route, not so much any single pass: before the north-south curtain wall was built (in the Ming), it was possible for enemies from the...

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Jiayuguan Restaurants

  • Farmer's chicken with Chinese pasta;...

    Farmer's chicken with Chinese pasta and lamb soup. Tell them your order before you go into the attraction area, spend at least about 1 hour inside (it's a quite a big place) and your chicken and lamb will be ready for you when you come out. The chicken with Chinese pasta (actually including noodles as well, but we were already stuffed so we skipped...

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  • Back street restaurant in JiaYuGuan

    Our dinner was at one local style restaurant but look modern with typical Chinese cooking, as usual, pork, lamb, chicken are main dishes but all in Chinese only, I can read, so nothing to worry. One thing about restaurant in China is, you don't look for the name of the restaurant but look for the location, customers and what are they selling. Try...

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Jiayuguan Nightlife

  • Around Xinhua Zhong Lu

    On all four roads leading on to the roundabout by the Jiayuguan Hotel, there are small bars of varying quality and taste. Most (there are about eight) are kosher bars, and fashions change regularly so check which has the best atmosphere for you.

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  • At night market in JiaYuGuan

    This is our JiaYuGuan's nightlife spot in the wet market selling most of local everyday stuff. Not really a wet market but just selling all kinds of local made products. We were the only foreigners walking into the street but nobody care to look at us because this place is not a tourist spot, they have no ideas yet what to sell us. Anyway this is a...

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Jiayuguan Transportation

  • Train recommendation to Lanzhou

    Train N852 departing at 2040 is a good overnight train to take to Lanzhou. It arrives at 0651 at Lanzhou (West) and at 0704 at Lanzhou main train station.

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  • Jiayuguan Airport - UPDATE AUGUST 2006

    Work on the runway extension at Jiayuguan has been completed and the airport is now open again. The services are not yet showing up on online databases but there are known to be direct non-stop services to Lanzhou, Urumqi and Dunhuang. As the whole point of the runway extension was to allow for non-stop flights to Beijing and Shanghai, it is...

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  • Getting from Jiayuguan to Anxi and on to...

    If you are planning to travel to Anxi read the following information carefully!The 312 road is being converted to a National Highway over its whole length, west of Jiayuguan. The road west is in an absolutely terrible state and it will stay this year for the next 12 months.The quickest and easiest way to Dunhuang is by train to Liuyuan (also called...

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Jiayuguan Shopping

  • Luminescent Jade Cups

    Another nice3 local gift is the sets of small wine glasses and goblets fashioned from jade. These cups are translucent and quite attractive. Not to my taste, but a lot of people like them a lot. They are made at various places in Gansu, and there is one small workshop almost opposite the Jiayuguan Hotel.

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  • Local handicrafts in Jiayuguan

    As many visitors want to purchase souvenirs that are localy made, by local people, I am trying to identify items that would be suitable. Most of China's souvenir industry iis dominated by big factories in the east of China, producing huge numbers of the same thing.Local tourism and economic bureaux are keen to promote local industry and local...

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Jiayuguan Local Customs

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    Put my hand on the Great Wall

    by l_joo Written Aug 28, 2002

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    Nothing to write yet but I can tell you how happy I was when I step on this Great Wall, just can't stop taking photos. This little town has not much of culture but only factories, industrial buildings and some taxis waiting for you but hey I like this place much more than other crowded tourist areas like Guilin especially.

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Jiayuguan Tourist Traps

  • Near-non-existent guides at Wei Jin...

    31 RMB admission includes the small museum and a look at tomb no. 6. The guide might as well be non-existent. She offered no explanation/commentary at all throughout unless we asked specific questions; and even then, the answers she served up were as common as any that I could've read anywhere else. Hardly enlightening. Big thumbs-down for the...

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  • The biggest trap for me !

    Not just trap but one of the worst tourist trap. We were trapped here for few hours, very very cold in December but hey what to do, nobody want to leave because it was just perfect. We have to leave because our taxi is waiting at the entrance also to have our lunch, this is a big trap to me.

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Jiayuguan What to Pack

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    Scenery around

    by l_joo Updated Aug 28, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: I know it's impossible to pack this but I wish I can pack this back home. On the way I saw camels, donkeys and many other animals on the desert.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there in winter, I need heavy jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Not sure

    Photo Equipment: You need more films

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can try the desert

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Jiayuguan Off The Beaten Path

  • Heishan Rock Carvings

    To the north-west of Jiayuguan, along the Shiguan Gorge that passes through the Overhanging Great Wall are a number of old carvings in the layers of thick black basalt rock.In fact, you do not need to make the lengthy trek to the main gorge to see some of the carvings, although this is where the older Xiongnu (Hun) carvings can be seen. Just 1km...

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  • The Community Restored Beacon Tower

    The last beacon tower before the Overhanging Great Wall is an interesting example of comunity restoration - showing both good and bad in the management of cultura heritage management in China in recent years. In 2000, a local businessman was given permission to rebuild the small fortress to the south of the Shiguan Gorge, and local lbour was used...

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  • The World's Largest Character

    Just one kilometre east of the First Signal Tower you will see small trees that look like a forest. In fact, this is a curious feature of the landscape and one of the most unsustainable civic developments I have ever seen.For the millenium, millions of logs and branhes were laid out on the ground and set alight on New Year's Eve, so creating, with...

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Jiayuguan Favorites

  • Background to the Wei Jin period - Part...

    Among these battles and flows of refugees, in 399 Fa Xian set off on his long journey to India, returning to China in 414 with precious Buddhist scripts that he then translated. Seventy-five years later, the Northern Wei established total control over northern China, and in 494 the northern capital moved from Datong to Luoyang, by which time the...

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  • Background to the Wei Jin period - Part...

    Immediately after the Han Dynasty, came the Wei Kingdom (220-280AD), one of the Three Kingdoms. The others were the Shu Han in the west and south-west and the Wu in the south. The Wei, the most pwerful, was started by Cao Pi who became the first Wei ruler, Wendi, and ruled over northern and north-western China from Luoyang and Chang'an. The Wei are...

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  • The Legend of the Two Swallows...

    One of the most endearing legends of the Jiayuguan Fortress is that of the two swallows. It is said that during Zhengde's reign (1506-1521), two swallows lived in the archway of the eastern gateway. They were well-known to the guards who watched them flit in and out and around the surrounding desert. One night, the swallows returned late and found...

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