Yumenguan Pass of Great Wall, located 56 miles northwest to Dunhuang City in Gansu Province, is one of the two important passes on the western frontier of the Han Dynasty in Chinese history, together with the impressive Yangguan Pass. In ancient times, Yumenguan Pass of Great Wall was the must-pass for entering western regions of the world from the center area of China. What’s more, it is also a military fort along the ancient Silk Road. It just like a solemn solider protecting Dunhuang from invasion from the Western Regions in ancient times. How crucially important it is!
Yumenguan Pass literally means Jade Gate Pass. It is said that multitudes of jade was traded to Western Regions from China in ancient times, hence the name Yumenguan Pass was given. The heritage of Yumenguan Pass is a square-shaped fort standing on the boundless Gobi desert, stretching 26 meters long from north to south and 24 meters wide from east to west. The wall of the Yumenguan Pass is 3 meters wide at the top and 5 meters wide at the bottom. It backs a large marshland in south and Hala Lake in north.
Climbing to the top of the Yumenguan Pass, travelers can see the relics of the Great Wall and time-weathered beacon towers scattered sparsely in the boundless desert. That is really an terrific experience for travelers. This maybe the reason why so many adventure-lovers who visited here come here again after going back! Come here and you would be rewarded much more than expected!
Location: 56 miles northwest to Dunhuang City in Gansu Province
Admission Fee: CNY40
How to get to: No bus is available and travelers need to rent a car to get there.