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Strange Yangguan Great Wall

Housing profound history and deep traditional cultural connotation, Chinese Great Wall has attracted loads of attention among tourists. Among different Great Wall sections, the most mysterious one will be the Yangguan Pass. Now, let us walk into it.

Yangguan Great Wall

Mysterious Origin of Yangguan Great Wall
Just located in the Nanhu Village, Gansu Province, Yangguan Great Wall was endowed to the typical folk culture. In Chinese history, this section plays a very important role as one of the two important western passes of Great Wall in Western Han Dynasty. In order to consolidate the frontier defense as well as developing the remote western region, this Great Walls section was built up by the Emperor Wu.

Story of Yangguan Great Wall
About the name of this mysterious Great Wall, Yangguan Pass has its own meaning. In Chinese, Yang has the meaning of south. Because it is located in the south of famous Yumenguan Pass, local people gave it another name of Yumenguan Pass. Getting together with the Yumenguan Pass, Yangguan Pass also witnessed the typical prosperity of ancient Silk Road. About in the Tang Dynasty, this section welcomed the glorious return of Xuan Zang who was a great monk pilgrimage to the west in search of Buddhist scriptures. For most of Chinese people, they must get the important pass mainly from the poem Farewell to Yuaner to Take Office in Anxi. It is written by Wang Wei who was a famous poet in Tang Dynasty. From the last two sentences, 'Oh, my friend, I sincerely entreat you to have another cup of wine; you will see no more friends west out of the Yangguan Pass'. In the Song and Ming Dynasties, because the Silk Road declined, this Great Wall section was gradually forgotten by the people.

Appearance of Yangguan Pass
Experience so many years, the flowing dunes have eroded this pass into a broken beacon tower, standing alone in the boundless desert. Measuring about 15.4 feet high and 8.7 yards wide, Yangguan Pass has lost the walls for the wind and the buried under earth. Located in the south to the pass, there is a Curio Beach. As a small valley, it has been regarded as the most valuable treasure. From this small valley, tourists could find loads of tiles from different dynasties, including the coins, weapons and decorations, etc.

In modern days, Yangguan Pass is not only a historical place of recalling the remote past but also a hometown of tasty grapes.