Jiumenkou Great Wall Picture

Jiumeikou, with the ancient name of “Yipianshi”, is one of the most important passes of the Ming Great Wall

Jiumeikou, with the ancient name of “Yipianshi”, is one of the most important passes of the Ming Great Wall.

Located at Lijiaxiang Town, Jiumenkou Great Wall consisted of sixteen watch towers and one beacon tower. With a total length of 1,700 meters, this section was originally built during the Northern Qi period and further expanded under the supervision of General Xu Da during the Hongwu period of the Ming Dynasty.

A 110-meter-long bridge with nine five-meter-high sluice gates straddles the Jiujiang River. It was once used to regulate the flow of the river and hold off invading enemies. The name “Jiumenkou” means literally “Entrance to Nine Gates.” In the riverbed below the bridge have been placed rectangular stone slabs, covering an area of 7,000 square meterWalled fortresses once stood at each end of the bridge. Constructed in 1626, the two fortresses are about one kilometer in circumference. The eight-meter surrounding wall consists of two layers: the inside made of brick and the outside of stone, an unusual combination.

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