A desert climate and a scenic fort
Jiayuguan, in northwestern Gansu province, is most famous for the nearby Jiayu Pass, the largest and most intact pass along the Great Wall of China. In ancient times, many inns were built near the pass. It has a desert climate, warm, arid and largely frost-free. The lowest average temperature is in January and the highest in July.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Beijing.
Built during the Ming dynasty, the Jiayuguan Pass stands at the western end of the Great Wall. Different from other well-known sections built with stones or bricks, the Jiayuguan Great Wall was built with rammed earth, making it look, helping it blend seamlessly with the surrounding desert.
Overhanging Great Wall
Viewed from a distance, this section of the Great Wall appears very like a dragon overhanging the mountains, hence the name. Built on the eastern slope of the Black Mountain, it is not visible to anyone looking from west to east, so invaders thought they could invade China from here. However, they were totally mistaken, as after a strenuous trek over the mountain, they found a very firm barrier in their path that was impossible to cross.
A selection of our tours to Jiayuguan