the termination point of he Great Wall, Jiayuguan was the gateway
to the Chinese empire from the west, a remote, desolate outpost
on the edge of the wilderness.
There are a couple of important sights here: Jiayuguan Pass,
First Beacon Tower and Over-hanging Great Wall. Now restored and
just outside the town, the pass are the ancient fort which once
marked China's western entrance. In addition, there is countless
mural-bearing Bricks tombs scattered around the area dating back
to 4th century AD. Some of them at Xingcheng are opened.
Great Wall: In order to mark the official "other end"
of the Great Wall, the Chinese tourist hoffins have overseen the
restoration of an impressive stretch some 8km north of the Jiayuguan
pass. It's certainly worth a visit. It is not so much a case of
renovation as it was of complete rebuilding. It's fun to climb
the wall but that is hard work and for the energetic only.
There are about 1400 tombs, some 20km east of the city center,
dating back to the Wei-Jin Dynasties (220- Most tombs excavated
have mural-bearing bricks, and reputed as the largest underground
art gallery in the world. The paintings in the open tombs (No.
6) are perfectly preserved. depicting everyday activities, and
quite a few draw perfect circles freehand. It is interesting to
visit at virtually any time as the custodians live here.