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Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road) - Jiayuguan Fortress: The Ming-period Great Wall Silk Road Protector

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Jiayuguan Fortress: The Ming-period Great Wall Silk Road Protector

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(22 reviews)
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Located at the narrowest point of the western section of the Hexi Corridor, (6 KM southwest of the city of Jiayuguan in Gansu), you’ll find an ancient Ming Dynasty fortress. The Jiayuguan Fortress was the first frontier fortress at the west end of the Ming dynasty Great Wall and a vital traffic fort on the Silk Road. Along with Juyong fortress in Beijing and Shanhai fortress in Qinhuangdao , it is one of the main passes of the Great Wall. Jiayuguan Great Wall has a complex defensive system, includes an inner-city that is the central area with many buildings, an outer city, and a moat. You can also find common military facilities such as arrow towers, turrets, and cannons along the wall. Jiayuguan Fortress boasts the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven. Its solemnity and magnificence has always amazed people. Join our guide Lee as you explore this historic site and learn of the challenges of protecting the Silk Road.


Meet Jenny's China Tours

Jenny's China Tours

Jenny’s China Tours provides custom and private tours to Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin and throughout China. Our guides are China experts, speak great English and love sharing the history and culture of China with visitors. We have been delighted to share different parts of China virtually with new friends. We look forward to your visit. Meet our guides: • Cassie: Our Chengdu expert was born in Chengdu and shares the life of Pandas, city culture and history with energy and enthusiasm. She has been an expert guide since 2013 and loves travel, public speaking and meeting people from different cultures. • Alice: Probably our most outgoing guide, Alice is our Shanghai expert and goes above and beyond with every tour to make sure customers are happy and fulfilled. An avid traveller, she is the consummate professional and is always eager to share the history and culture of Shanghai. • Amber: Our Beijing expert became a tour guide after graduating college and has a passion for travel and is always planning her next trip. She delights in sharing the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the culture of Beijing. • Susan: Our expert Chengdu guide loves sharing Chengdu culture and history with visitors. She also has a passion for reading and has visited over 20 countries! This has helped her understand each country’s unique culture. • Apple: You won’t meet a more optimistic guide than our Shanghai expert Apple. As a local Shanghainese, she shares the city’s rapid ascent to modernity along with historic treasures of the Bund, Tianzifang and old Shanghai. • Eva: Our Xi’an expert is a master guide with over 16 years of experience and loves sharing the history of Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the last standing city wall all of Xi’an’s famous spots. She never misses a question and eager to share. • Sally: As a native Xi’an resident, Sally is an expert on her hometown and enjoys sharing its history and secrets. As a guide of over 20 years and a degree from Xi’an Foreign Language University, you won’t find a better ambassador to get to know Xi’an. • Yvonne: Our Guilin expert, Yvonne, used to be a translator before becoming a guide with over 15 years of experience now. With impeccable English and knowledge of Guilin, she lovers showing the amazing sights and history of this unique region of China. •Lee: Lee lives in a province called Qinghai in North Western China. his hometown is located at an intersection between the ancient Silk Road and the Tibetan plateau. It is rich in unique landscapes and diverse ethnic culture. Lee has worked as an interpreter and a guide specialising in adventure travel; he loves spending time in the natural world!


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road) with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road). Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

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How to join

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Reviews from travellers

Elaine (Coffs-Australia)🇳🇿 T.

11 October 2021

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour .. very interesting

Felix L.

30 September 2021

Amazing insight tour the Jiayuguan fortress

Christina W.

14 September 2021

Thank you for an excellent tour!

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Richard M 🐵 .. ..

12 September 2021

I saw more of the fortress on this visit than the previous one when it was packed with tourists all competing for the perfect photo. That was 12 years ago and I am pleased to note that it had not been spoilt with all new frippery that sadly is now the case with other sites. An early start for Li - an even earlier one for me at 1am for a fantastic trip around the most western part of the Great Wall. Highly recommended!

Linda Julie T.

12 September 2021

Very beautiful and interesting, thanks


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