Yangguan Pass, as a necessary pass for the south route of the silk road, it is so named for the pass was located south of Yumenguan Pass during the Han Dynasty. Together with Yumenguan Pass, it's a gate for traveling to the western regions. After Singing Dynasty, the pass was deserted for declining communication with and traveling to the western countries
It is one of the two important western passes (the other one is Yumenguan Pass) of Great Wall in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC -24AD), located in Nanhu Village, along the Hexi Corridor and 43 miles southwest to Dunhuang City in Gansu Province. In Chinese, Yang means the south. Because it is lying to the south of Yumenguan Pass, people gave its name - Yangguan Pass. Together with Yumenguan Pass, it has also witnessed the prosperity of Silk Road in the past times. In the Song (960 - 1279) and Ming (1368 - 1644) Dynasty, because of the decline of the Silk Road, the Pass was generally forgotten by people.
For years and years, the flowing dunes have eroded this Great Wall pass into a broken beacon tower, standing alone in the boundless desert. Around the relic, you cannot even see the dismantled walls, because they were all eroded by the wind and buried under the earth.
Today's Yangguan Pass is not only a historic place of recalling the remote past but also a hometown of tasty grapes. Come here, appreciate the beauty of vicissitudes of the Great Wall, enjoy the natural view combined by oasis, desert and snow peaks, and taste the juicy fruits.
Address: 43 miles (70 km) west of Dunhuang
Tel: +86 882 4914
Opening time: 08:00am to 21pm