Jiayuguan is located in the ancient “Silk Road” of the transport hub and is the starting point at the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. 5km in the west of Jiayuguan city, it is the most splendid pass along the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. And the city gets its name fron this pass.
Jiyuguan pass built in 1372,is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China. Along with Juyongguan pass and Shanhaiguan Pass, it is one of the main passes of the Great Wall. It is trapezoidshaped with a perimeter of 733 meters and an area of more than 33,500 square meters. The total length of the city wall is 733 meters and the height is 11 meters. With the subsequent reconstruction, it is known as ‘the strongest pass under heaven’.
Suspension Great Wall:
The Suspended Wall is a part of the Great Wall, 11km away from the city, and 7km away from the Jiayuguan Pass, the wall was built on the ridge with the gradient of 45 degrees hence the name.
From a distance, it is saide to resemble a dragon to extend its body towards the ground.
Weijin Mural Tombs:
About 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, Weijin Mural Tombs were bulit during the Wei and Jin dynasties (between the 3rd and 5th century). It is a big tomb group with over 1, 400 tombs. As a Underground Art Gallery, It houses a great deal of colorful murals, the gallery. Most tombs are of families, housing bodies of three or four generations, and now only Grave 6 and Grave 7 are open for tourism.