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Typical Overhanging Great Wall

For the famous Mutianyu Great Wall and Badaling Great Wall, almost every tourist could speak out the characters and their appearances. For the Great Wall located in the Chinese suburb areas, they also store many features and mysteries.

Overhanging Great Wall in China

Background of Overhanging Great Wall
Located not far away from Jiayuguan City in Gansu Province, Overhanging Great Wall plays a very important role as an important part of the defense work of Jiayuguan Pass. Built in the year of 1539 during the Ming Dynasty, Overhanging Great Wall was built to strengthen the defensive capability of Jiayuguan area. It was built on the slope of Black Mountain, so it is not visible to anyone looking from west to east. During the ancient times, all the enemies always think they could enter into the inner area of China from this place, the Heishan Canyon, as long as they rounded the Jiayuguan Pass. However, finally, they always made mistake. After that, when the wars comes, the enemies always went over the mountain to find the entrance but failed. It is truly difficult to find out the entrance. After researching out the Overhanging Great Wall, because it is too firm, it was very hard to cross or pass through. Since that time, Overhanging Great Wall was regarded as a natural barrier.

Typical Layout of Overhanging Great Wall
Having an overview, from a distance, Overhanging Great Wall showed like a dragon overhanging the mountain, hence the name. The main materials of this Great Wall sections is the local gravel and the yellow earth. They were built layer by layer composed by the main path, battlements and three observation posts. In the original time, Overhanging Great Wall measured about 0.9 miles long. But, later because of the natural disasters and the human destruction, only 820 yards of the wall remains, with 253 yards climbing onto the north slope of Black Mountain. The imposing appearance and the manner are very much like those of Badaling Great Wall in Beijing. So, it got another name as the western Badaling Great Wall. Wandering along Overhanging Great Wall, tourists could start from the foot of Black Mountain to reach the top. Because the steps here are very steep, the weaker tourists exploring here should pay much attention. Standing at the top point appreciating the sceneries surrounded, tourists are always impressed by the boundless desert extending to faraway places.

With the oasis dropped in, the sightseeing here is truly amazing and fantastic!