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(updated: april 2018)


the great wall of china at jiayu pass, gansu province

The westernmost point of the Great Wall of China is actually just a fort. We expected to walk along a majestic stretch of wall among arid landscape and high, high mountains. Instead, bus #4 from Jiayuguan city took us and a hoard of eager Chinese to a highly organized tourist site (much like the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an), where we paid ¥120 (students ¥60) to walk around a pristinely kept fort and try to gawk at the majestic Qilian mountains (in the faaaaaaaaaaar distance) without getting distracted by the industrial smog of the city nearby. But hey! 
☑ saw the Great Wall of China
AND there weren’t as many tourists as at the sites of the wall in Beijing!

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