Jiayuguan Trip, Trip to Jiayuguan

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After dinner, we went to Lanzhou Railaway Station for a 11-hour train trip from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan. Lanazhou Railway Station is the only passenger railway station in Lanzhou. It is located below the Gaolan Mountain in the south of Chengguan District of Lanzhou, Gansu Province.

We were arranged to take the overnight Train K9661 starting at 08:38pm and arriving at Jiayuguan at 7:46 the next morning covering the total raily length of 770km. Now it was the tourism peak season here in Gansu Province, there were over a dozen of through or passing by trains linking the two important cities on the ancient Silk Road.

The orange coloured train looked much safer and more reliable than the white bullet Beijing Shanghai high speed trains, which had been hit fatally by the train collision last month in Zhejiang Province, though the orange fast train was much slower.

The orange coloured train looked much safer and more reliable.

The orange coloured train looked much safer and more reliable

I was waked up by the early morning sunlight creeping into our cabin. What caught my eyes were the passing by Qilian Mountain with snow capped peaks. Yes, the famous mountain would accompany us throughout the trip paralleling the the whole Hexi Corridor.
Qilian Mountain with snow capped peaks

Qilian Mountain with snow capped peaks

We arrived at Jiayuguan on time. Jiayuguan Railway Station was located 5km south of the city center.
Jiayuguan Railway Station

Jiayuguan Railway Station

After disembarking at Jiayuguan Railway Station, going through the city center, we went directly to Jiayuguan Hotel (嘉峪关宾馆) for a familiarization trip. It is a 4 star hotel with 177 rooms modernly equipped and elegantly furnished.

Add: No.01 Xinhua Road, Jiayuguan Tel: 0937 – 6201588 Fax: 0937 – 6227174. We were transferred to Jiayuguan Hotel (嘉峪关宾馆) for a fam trip.

A huge painted Jiayuguan Tourism Map hanging on the wall in the lobby of the hotel aroused my interest. The map clearly showed the layout of Jiayuguan City with the mapping of its rich tourist attractions.

Jiayuguan Downtown – Jiayuguan Airport ( 13km )

                     Jiayuguan Railway Station ( 5km )
                     Long Distance Bus Station ( 1.5km )
                     Jiayuguan Pass ( 4km )
                     Overhanging Great Wall (Suspension Great Wall ) 12km
                     The First Beacon Tower of the Great Wall ( 15km )
                     Wei Jin Underground Brisk Murals ( 18km )

                     July First Glacier ( 120km )

The Tourist Map of Jiayuguan City

The Tourist Map of Jiayuguan City

The next activity was the highlight of our fam trip in Jiayuguan, visiting the Jiayuguan Pass. Jiayu Pass ( Jiayuguan Fort ) was the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China. Built 1372,  Jiayuguan Fortwas was christened as the first and greatest Pass under the Heaven. The pass consisted of three defense lines – an inner city, an outer city and a moat.

The fort was located at the narroweat point of the western section in Hexi Corridor ( 15km wide ) bound by Qilian Mountains and Hei Shan ( Black Mountains ). The fort had a perimeter of 733 meters with an area of more than 33,500 square meters. The total length of the city wall was 733 meters and 11 meters high.

Jiayuguan pass had two gates – East side ( Gate of Enlightment ) and West side ( Gate of Conciliation ). On each gate there was a building with an inscription of “Jiayuguan” in Chinese written. Each gate had 17 m-high towers with double gates that had been used to trapping invading  armies. The south and north sides of the pass were linked to the Great Wall. There was a turret on each corner of the fort.

The West Gate of Conciliation

The West Gate of Conciliation

The unrepaired turret of the fort.

The unrepaired turret of the fort

The city wall of the pass.

The city wall of the pass.

The horse course way up to the pass

The horse course way up to the pass

Outside the wall of the pass.

Outside the wall of the pass

After finishing the tour of Jianyuguan, we moved on to the south of the pass and got to the first beacon tower of Great Wall of China. The first beacon tower was built 1539 by an local military officer stationed in Hexi Corridor.
 

 

People were taking photos of the First Beacon.

 

Now we were driving along the highway from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang at the driving distance of 385km.

7 Responses to “Jiayuguan Trip, Trip to Jiayuguan”

  1. Rafael says:

    Hi,

    Very interesting post.
    I’m planning a trip to Jiayuguan and want to visit the Jiayuguan pass.

    How did you get at the pass? Are there tours or did you rent a taxi for a round trip?

    How long did you stay in Jiayuguan? I’m planning two days/two nights, would that be enough to visit the pass, the overhanging Great Wall and the first beacon?
    Would you suggest any other attractions in Jiayuguan?

    Thank you!

  2. admin says:

    Hello Rafael,

    I visited Jiayuguang on a fam trip organized by the local tour operators. For individual travel, it is not easy. You may go to Jiayuguan from Lanzhou (train and flight), or from Xian ( train or flight). For how to visit Jiayuguan, please visit the 3 links below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/gansu_tour/

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/china_silk_road_tours/xian_silk_road/

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/china_silk_road_tours/

  3. Rafael says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for the reply, I’m gonna check the links now.

    I’m planning to get to Jiayuguan on a flight from Beijing. Arriving at around 15:00 and leaving to Zanghye next day at 15:00 by train. So, I’m thinking about an estimate on doing the highlights next morning, by taxi. Would that allow me enough time to see everything and be back in town at 14:00?

    Regards,

  4. Rafael says:

    Hello again!

    Is this the tour you did?

    After breakfast, first visit Jiayuguan Pass. It is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China,6 kilometers southwest of the city of Jiayuguan. Along with Juyongguan and Shanhaiguan, it is one of the main three passes along the Great Wall. The pass is trapezoid-shaped with a perimeter of 733 meters and an area of more than 33,500 square meters.

    After lunch move on to Suspension Great Wall, 11 kilometers to the downtown Jiayuguan City, the Suspension Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It gets its name because there is a 231 meter long section, with an obliquity of 45 degrees, built onto a 150m high ridge. From a distance, it looks like a dragon about to extend its body towards the ground.

    It looks nice!

  5. admin says:

    hello Rafael,

    yes, I did the tour organized by the local travel agency.

  6. admin says:

    Hello Rafael,

    Jiayuguan has a longer daytime than Beijing. Just get up early you can make it! Have a great time in Jiayuguan!

  7. Rafael says:

    Thank you very much. I’ll try to get in touch with the agency!

    Best,

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