Located in the northwest of Gansu Province, Jiayuguan sits in the middle of the narrowest valley and marks one of the defining points of the Silk Road. Known as the ‘mouth of China’, Jiayuguan marks the symbolic end of the Great Wall where it guarded the western boundary of Ming Dynasty China. The narrow river passage leading back towards the inner lands was dubbed the 'throat'.
The Jiaguyuan tourist area is divided into three parts: the Jiayu Pass, the western starting point of the Great Wall with fortress overlooking the Gobi Desert; Xuanbi Wall, or the Overhanging Wall, which affords fantastic views from the top; and lastly the First Pier of the Great Wall.
The Overhanging Great Wall is an important part of the defensive work of Jiayuguan Pass. Built in the year of 1539 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), it is 11 kilometres from downtown Jiayuguan, and located 6.5 kilometres northwest of the Jiayuguan Pass. The main body of the Overhanging Great Wall was built with gravel and soil, including three fire towers. Its outline seems similar with the Beijing Badaling Great Wall, so people nickname it 'West Badaling'.
The Wei-Jin Art Gallery is 18 kilometres from the city centre. Surrounded by the vast Gobi Desert, it is made up of more than one thousand ancient tombs from the Wei-Jin Period (220-420). The murals on the bricks of the tombs are very vivid, detailing aspects of the Wei-Jin Period.
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