Jiayuguan Attractions - Things to Do

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Located in northwest of Gansu Province, Jiayuguan is the pass of the famous Silk Road. It adjoins the historical and cultural city Jiuquan on the east, the petroleum city Yumen on the west, the snow-capped Qilian Mountain on the south and the vast Badain Jaran Desert on the north.

It has a temperate continental desert climate, with an average temperature of 6.7°C (44°F) – 7.7°C (46°F). In a word, it has a very cold winter and a hot summer; seldom rains; and has abundant sunshine. Therefore, tourists have lots of things to do there all the year round.

The city culture is a combination of Great Wall and Silk Road. It boasts many historical relics referring to these two wonders. The famous ones include Jiayuguan Pass, the Overhanging Great Wall, the First Fire Tower of the Great Wall and Wei-Jin Art Gallery.

Jiayuguan Pass
Overhanging Great Wall
Overhanging Great Wall
Six kilometers (3.73 miles) southwest of the city, it is situated in the middle of the narrowest valley. The Great Wall on both sides of the pass crosses the Gobi, neighboring the Overhanging Great Wall on the north and the First Fire Tower of the Great Wall on the south. The Jiayuguan Pass represents the western starting point of a section of the Great Wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Overhanging Great Wall

The Overhanging Great Wall is an important part of the defensive work of the pass. Built in the year of 1539 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), it is 11 kilometers (6.83 miles) from the downtown area, and located 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) northwest of the Pass. The main body of the Overhanging Great Wall was built with gravel and soil, including three fire towers. Its outline seems similar with the Beijing Badaling Great Wall, so people nickname it 'West Badaling'.

The First Fire Tower of the Great Wall

The First Fire Tower of the Great Wall is also named 'Talai River Fire Tower' (Talaihe Dun in Chinese). It is on the bank of the Talai River, 7.5 kilometers (4.66 miles) from the Jiayuguan Pass. Standing on it, visitors can appreciate the grandeur of an ancient civilization when they see the marvelous view of the vast Gobi.
First Fire Tower of the Great Wall
First Fire Tower of the Great Wall
Wei-Jin Art Gallery
Wei-Jin Art Gallery
Wei-Jin Art Gallery

The Wei-Jin Art Gallery is 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the downtown. Surrounded by vast Gobi, it is made up with more than one thousand ancient tombs of Wei-Jin Period (220-420). The murals on the bricks of the tombs are very vivid, including the patterns of farming, taking mulberry, animal husbandry, hunting, banquet, playing music, playing chess, etc. Through these murals, you can understand the politics, economy, military, transport means and many other aspects of the Wei-Jin Period very well.

Besides the above attractions of the city, you can find many other places well worth a visit. For instance, you can go to see the famous July 1st Glacier (Qi Yi Bingchuan) discovered on July 1st, 1958, visit Local Museum with the theme of showing Great Wall culture and history, or join the activities provided by Jiayuguan Glider Base in the airport.
- Last updated on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Jiayuguan Attractions
Asked by Wee from MALAYSIA | Nov. 25, 2019 00:25Reply
How to trave to Jiayuguan attraction places?
Planning to travel with two from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan on 9 Dec - 10 Dec.
(a) What is the best way to travel to this place?
(b) What is the most interesting and how to go there?
(c) What is the best transport to Jiayuguan Cantilever Great Wall from train station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ada from THAILAND | Nov. 27, 2019 17:37

It is suggested to take bus from Dunhuang Coach station to Jiayuguan Coach station. Jiayuguan Great Wall is worth visiting. If you start from train station, you can take bus No.4 directly to it with 1 hour and CNY1.
Asked by Rowan from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 24, 2019 05:26Reply
Anyone visited the glacier recently and know if it's accessible?
Our hostel owner says it's open but reading lots of things saying it might be closed
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Answered by Justin from CANADA | Sep. 26, 2019 18:36

As I know, some of attractions will be close to the public during the Golden week holiday.
Answered by Rowan from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 27, 2019 02:52

We took the train to Jingtieshan, but there is only a bus to the mining town for workers. We spoke to locals for a long time to try to find a driver to take us to the glacier, but they said it is closed for environmental protection and inaccessible. They let us walk around a while to see the mountains, but there is nothing else there. I would recommend not going until the glacier is officially open again.
Asked by H.G. Kho from NEDERLAND | May. 09, 2019 16:04Reply
jiayuguan to qiyi glacier update may 2019
Good day,
Pls inform:
a. weather the place is open for visitors anno may 2019?
b. If yes, pls inform a number of transportation options to reach the locations.

Thanks and regards,
HG Kho
Answers (1)
Answered by Natalie from ROMANIA | May. 09, 2019 20:50

It is still closed and will not open in recent years for protection.
Asked by Elena from BELARUS | Jun. 01, 2018 02:39Reply
Is Qi Yi Glacier open in summer of 2018?
I read one can go by train there, taking a train to Jingtieshan Station, how do you write the name of the station in Chinese?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ben from CANADA | Jun. 04, 2018 21:35

No, it was closed in 2017 and will not open in recent years.
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