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Shanhaiguan Notable Building

The first heavy fortification along the Great Wall as it runs inland from the ocean, this mighty four-sided citadel guards the strategic Shanhai pass ("Shanhaiguan" in Chinese), around which the original town grew. Patrolling the battlements you can glimpse the Great Wall snaking up the sides of nearby mountains and grasp just how intimidating a barrier this must have presented to potential invaders. Not that it worked—the Manchus overran it in 1644, ultimately bringing down the Ming Dynasty.

Notable Building

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Diyiguan Lu
Shanhaiguan, Hebei  066200, China


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Rate Includes: Y50, includes admission to Great Wall Museum

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