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Typical Jiumenkou Great Wall

In China, Great Wall is just like the guard protecting the people safety and life, especially in the ancient war period. In Chinese Liaoning Province, there is a typical Great Wall called Jiumenkou. It housed mysterious history and typical culture.

Origin of Jiumenkou Great Wall
Located about nine miles from Shanhaiguan Pass in Liaoning Province, typical Jiumenkou Great Wall is about 100-meter wide. With profound history and deep traditional cultural connotation, Jiumenkou Great Wall was first built in the northern Qi Dynasty. During that time, it plays a very important role as the military pass over a long period of time. Later, in the Ming Dynasty, it was rebuilt to the large scale area building. It is just like the magnificent dragon starting from the elegant mountains, connecting the Great Walls sections of Shanhaiguan Pass. It falls and down, zigzagging passing through the mountains and arrived at the banks of Jiujiang River. Although this river is strong and powerful, it does not stop the wall length and forward building.

Magnificent Part of Jiumenkou Great Wall
For Jiumenkou Great Wall, the most significant part is the section built on the river. It is marvelous that thousands hectares of stones are piled up on the bed of the Jiujiang River. Especially the stones, they are held down by iron chain creating very grand sight of the white stones. For the typical feature is that there are nine arches standing above the stones acting as the sluiceways. So, it gets the name of jiumenkou Great Wall. It is translated into Nine Gateway. In Chinese ancient times, it plays a very important role as the crucial role during the war period. The wall bridge is designed connecting the two banks of the Jiujiang River. On Jiumenkou Great Wall there are 12 watchtowers, two sentry posts and two beacon towers. Until now it is still gains the high fame as complete military defense work.

Tips for Visiting Jiumenkou Great Wall
For enjoying the grand atmosphere and the profound culture of Jiumenkou, the best time is from May to October. In the rest time of the year, this Great Wall shows extremely cold. Not far away, tourists can purchase special products and various souvenirs. What the most attractive is the local food called Old Lady Liu's Restaurant. In this place, you can satisfy your stomach.

Jiumenkou Great Wall is great not only in the building but in the history and culture!

Great Wall in Zhangjiakou City

A we all know, Beijing is a gathering place housing many Great Wall sections. However, located in the Hebei Province, Zhangjiakou is also a terrific city covering thirteen sections of Great Wall measuring totally over 1,470 kilometers. Now, let us walk into them.

Zhangjiakou Great Wall

History of Zhangjiakou Great Wall
With profound history and deep traditional cultural connotation, Zhangjiakou Great Wall was built over eight dynasties including Warring States Period, Qin, Han, Northern Wei, Northern Qi, Tang, Jin and Ming Dynasties. It is said that Zhangjiakou is considered to be the Great Wall Museum of all Dynasties, because various Great Wall buildings can be found here. Apart from the bricks-made Great Wall, like Badaling Great Wall, many earth-piled up and stones buildings also can be found here. Top of these building also have many differences, some are round; some are flat and some are inclined. The thickness of the Great Wall is also different: some certain sections can accommodate eight people standing shoulder to shoulder at the same time, the horses can stand neck to neck. The narrowest section can beyond your imagination that one person could not walk through.

Location of Great Wall in Zhangjiakou
It is always said that different locations lead to different appearance of Great Wall. Located between Mongolian Plateau and North China Plain, Zhangjiakou city connects the offshoot of Yinshan Mountain in the west, Yanshan Mountain in the east and is the border by the northern end of Taihang Mountain in the south. It is natural boundary between the ancient nomads lived in the north and the farmers lived in the central part. The basin in the middle, formed by Sanggan River and Yanghe River, is ideal for large infantry unit to be stationed and moved about. It offers the condition that the emperors in different dynasties agreed to build the Great Wall in Zhangjiakou.

War Influence
Building in the Ming Dynasties, Zhangjiakou Great Wall was built as a defensive line along northern Beijing. In Chinese history, it is said that Zhangjiakou and Datong are the places that the war always take place. According to the history records, there are over 50 famous wars and fights took place in this place. For the reason, elegant buildings and arm headquarters settled up here.

Great Wall in Zhangjiakou is great wonder. Tourists who are interested in can have a special visit in Hebei Province.

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.

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