Overhanging Great Wall
11 kilometer to the downtown Jiayuguan City and 6.5 kilometer from Jiayuguan Pass, the Overhanging Great Wall was built during the Ming dynasty. Work began on it in 1539, and was completed in the following year. It was built using layer upon layer of stone and yellow earth. In subsequent years, the wall has dwindled from its original length of 1.5 kilometer to its current 750 m. the overhanging Great Wall is an important part of the defensive work of Jiayuguan Pass.
The Overhanging Great Wall is an extended part of the Jiayuguan Pas, and was once an important component in the medieval military defense system. Winding through the Gobi desert to the steep Black Mountain (Hei Shan), the wall appears to hang over the cliff and block the vital pass of Shiguan Xiakou, which is how it got its name. It is similar in appearance to the grand Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, and is therefore also known as the Western Badaling.
The Overhanging Great Wall was reconstructed in 1987, with sidesteps added to allow visitors to climb the Wall.
Stand at the top of the wall and scan widely, you will see the boundless desert extending to the faraway places, with scarce oasis distributed in. What a desolate and lonely view!
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