Jiayuguan Fort was originally built in 1372 and was considered the last major stronghold of imperial China and was very important for the silk road. It's also the western end of the Great Wall (pretty amazing that it goes from here all the way to Beijing and beyond to the east coast). This was the first place where we saw the Great Wall. To be honest, it wasn't quite what we expected, the parts we saw of it were fairly recently restored, so they didn't seem all that authentic. The fort was interesting, but we almost had more fun watching all the domestic tourists on their guided tours with matching hats, etc.
We camped at a small picnic area for tourists at the base of a restored section of the wall. It was a short hike to the guard tower at the top of the wall where we had views of the desert and the industrialized city of Jiayuguan.
Welcome to our travelblog page. We initally called ourselves "AfricaBound" because we spent a year traveling around Africa from August 2007 to August 2008. At that time, little did we even think that we could go on another extended trip. Somehow through much perseverance and determination we were able to save up for yet another extended trip, this time as sort of a honeymoon. Our current itinerary has us traveling from July 2010 until December 2011 through Central Asia, China, New Zealand, Australia and then back up to SE Asia, Nepal, India and then finally Japan.
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