Yumenguan Pass

Last updated by lavender0108 at 2014/5/6

Situated 75km northwest of Dunhuang, the Jade Gate Pass was a strategic pass on the ancient Silk Road. It was so named because the jade of Honan in what is now Xinjiang region was transported to central China through this pass. In his poem Go North of Great Wall, the Tang Dynasty poet Wang Zhihuan had the famous line, " Beyond the Yumen Pass the breath of Sring has never crossed". The mention of Yumen in the poem has made the pass all the more famous.

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posted by "mcaa" at 1/14/2009 9:51:00 PM

I enjoyed Yumen Guan, although it was a long drive from downtown Dunhuang.

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posted by "christyinguilin" at 8/11/2008 1:37:00 AM

We went there in November. The sun rises at about 7:30. It is really cold to wait for the sunrise. So remember to put on more clothes. The sunrise in Yumenguan Pass is extremely splendid. A river called Shule River used to flow near it, and now there is only a pool of water. But it is still very beautiful, and some birds go there to play now and then.

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posted by "lavender0108" at 3/20/2008 2:07:00 AM

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