Picture of Beacon Site in Yumen Pass

The Beacon Site of Yumen Pass is mainly in between two gates at the western and northern sides of the pass built with yellow clay...

The beacon site of Yumen Pass is mainly in between two gates at the western and northern sides of the pass built with yellow clay. Due to the collapse of earthen layers and severe erosion, some parts of the walls have collapsed, forming huge holes. The Yumen Pass was a famous pass since Han Dynasty and located about 100km west from Dunhuang. There is a famous poem described as "Spring wind cannot pass the Yumen Pass", indicating the Pass is cold and dry. On the northern side, there is a road leading west towards the ancient village of Hechang (15km away), which used to be the granary for the pass garrison. The Pass became prosperous with the development of ancient Silk Road, the famous trading route linking China and western world. You will enjoy a great view and feel the history upon the scattered ruins of the wall and beacon sites by climbing to the top of the pass…

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