Pianguan Great Wall
After saying good-bye to Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall snakes up and down the mountain ridges, and finally arrives at the bank of the Yellow River. Here at Pianguan, you can enjoy the great construction and the intoxicating natural masterpiece at the same place. Hence, it has become an ideal location for photographers.
The pass was constructed in 1390 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and repaired and extended several times thereafter. Its wall had a girth of 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers), and a height of 38 feet (11.7 meters). There were three gates in total at one time, namely, the East Gate, West Gate, and South Gate. Solid barbicans were built outside these gates. Troops were stations inside the pass during wartime. There were wide streets, temples, and ancient folk houses inside the pass.
The pass also served as an essential commercial center during the Ming Dynasty. When the war ended and the trade barrier was broken down, the northern Mongolian people came to trade on their horse back for the silk and tea made by the local Han people. Although it was a prosperous trading post then, time was not on its side and thus was gradually demolished from 1940s onwards. Today, one can only see the south arched gate and the dilapidated brick wall to the west of the pass.
Old Ox River Bend- Where the Great Wall Meets the Yellow River
|Old Ox River Bend|
Quadruple-row Great Wall
How to Get There
I went there last year from Taiyuan East Bus Station at around 09:00 in the morning. The bus journey is around 8 hours. From Pian Guan to Laoniuwan, we hire a car and the fare is aroun 120 to 150RMB. If you travel alone, it not suggested to travel to Laoniuwan, because there is no direct bus to reach there.
Yeah, from PG to Laoniuwan, you can take a chartered bus or car to reach in about an hour.
Anyway, traveling to that remote place, it is suggested to come with a tour guide or just an interpreter.