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Jiayuguan integrates Silk Road and Great Wall cultures and is well-known for its impregnable geographic conditions. The city has well-developed industries and a strong tourism business. It is home to Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Co, the largest company of its kind in Northwest China.

Jiayuguan is a famous historical and cultural city in China, known as "the most powerful pass in the world", with thousands of years of cultural accumulation, it has formed China's unique silk road culture, Great Wall culture and frontier culture. 

Jiayuguan Travel Guide

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Top Jiayuguan Tour

1 Day Tour in Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall, Wei and Jin Tomb
Jiayuguan.jpgHighlight: Known as the 'Mouth of China', Jiayuguan is an important gateway of the ancient Chinese silk road, as important as Dunhuang. Book this 1 day Jiayuguan tour to visit the "The Last Greatwall in the West" - Overhanging Great Wall(Jiayuguan Pass) and marvel at lifelike murals of ancient daily scenes of Wei Dynasty and Jin Dynasty. Private hotel pickup and drop-off, expert guide and city transfer service are included.

2 Days Jiayuguan Silk Road Culture Tour from Zhangye
Jiayuguan_1.jpgHighlight:Jiayuguan-a small city in the middle of Hexi Corridor and a popular stopover destination between Zhangye and Dunhuang. They both necessary places for commerce and trade of the ancient Silk Road. For a better understanding of the background story of the Silk Road, you can take the train directly from Zhangye to Jiayuguan. This 2 Days Jiayuguan Silk Road Culture Tour included most of the major attractions in Jiayuguan,  you can take a longer adventure to explore deeper and further into the history, culture and landscape of Silk Road.

3 Days Xi'an to Jiayuguan Tour by Train
Gobi.jpgHighlight:Jiayuguan is a small city, it has no influence on its important position in the ancient Silk Road. You can't miss the Overhanging wall, Jiayuguan Pass, Wei and Jin tombs and other famous scenic spots. And there are direct flights between Xi'an and Jiayuguan, so why not spend three days join this tour to make an in-depth exploration of Jiayuguan? Air flight tickets is included.

4 Days Silk Route Tour to Dunhuang & Jiayuguan
Crescent_Moon_Lake.jpgHighlight:Step back into ancient Chinese silk road with this guided 4 days Dunhuang Jiayuguan silk route tour. During the tour, visit the best part of Jiayuguan Great Wall along the silk road, experience the camel ride across Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, admire the UNESCO sites Mogao Grottoes and enjoy the Yadan unique geopark landscape. Your professional tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour.

Silk Road Tour: 3 Days Jiayuguan Dunhuang Tour
Mingsha_Mountain.jpgHighlight:Get the most out of your China Silk Road holiday vacation with this personalized private Jiayuguan Dunhuang tour. This 3 Days silk road tour is an ideal package tour for you to save hours planning tour itinerary and booking train tickets. Travel Zhangye by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, you'll not only see more in a short space of time, also take an insight into the brilliant culture and history of ancient China.

What to see in Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan FortressYumenguan Pass
Wei-Jin-TombsOverhanging Great Wall

Frequetly Asked Questions about how to plan Jiyuguan Tours
1. What is the best time for touring Jiayuguan?The best time to go to Jiayuguan is from March to November every year. It's the peak seasons for the tourists. It is recommended to wear winter coats, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, scarfs, gloves, sweaters, snow boots for the chilly spring.

2. How can I get to Jiayuguan?
By Plane
There are 3 airlines in Jiayuguan airport which have 8 routes and 8 navigable cities, such as Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Nanjing. 

By Train
Jiayuguan has only one train station, and there are 9 trains to Urumqi, Lanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an and other cities every day. There are special buses in the city to meet and see off passengers. It is the best way to go to the Jiayuguan.

By car
Jiayuguan has 312 National Highway across the whole Gansu province, reaching Lanzhou in the East and Urumqi in the west, with flat and wide secondary pavement. The total length of the roads in the territory is 452km. Go to Jiayuguan by car is not a good choice.

3. How to get around Jiayuguan?
1). By Bike: It's a good choice to ride a bicycle to visit Jiayuguan. But not recommended in summer.
2). By Bus: The area of Jiayuguan City is not large, there are not many bus lines, and the ticket price is 1 yuan. The 3). operation time is 07:00-22:30.
By Taxi: Most of the attractions in Jiayuguan can be taken by taxi. The starting price is 6 yuan, which can be marked. It is very convenient to take them.

4. What to pack if I travel in Jiayuguan?
It is still cold in the early spring. Hiking along the Jiayuguan great wall may need to take some more courage bearing the chilly wind. Though The scenery won't get much influenced by the weather and you can also choose to visit the Great Wall Museum and Wei-Jin Tomb to appreciate the beautiful murals.

5. What's the weather in Dunhuang?
Jiayuguan City has a temperate continental desert climate with an average annual temperature of 6.7 ? - 7.7 ? and 8000 hours of sunshine. The annual average natural precipitation is 85.3 mm, and the evaporation is 2149 mm. The frost free period of the whole year is about 130 days. The climate in Jiayuguan is temperate continental desert, with annual precipitation of only over 80 mm, annual average temperature of only about 6 ?, annual frost free period of more than 130 days, and winter average annual temperature below zero ? ?

6. How to Get to Dunhuang from Jiayuguang?
The distance between Jiayuguan and Dunhuang is about 430 kilometers. Normally, people take train or bus as the transport means to travel between the two cities.
By Train
Taking the train is the cheapest and most convenient way to get to Dunhuang from Jiayuguan. There are six trains departing from Jianyuguang to Dunhuang every day.

By Bus
There are only five direct buses/coaches leaving for Dunhuang from Jiayuguan every day. The buses/coaches can be caught at Jiayuguang Bus Station and they depart at 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:30 and 15:30 only.

7. What we can eat in Jiayuguan?
Jiayuguan is a city of immigrants, which gathers the main specialties of Northwest China, mainly including northwest pasta and beef and mutton. People from south to North also let the local cuisines meet here, where Xi'an, Tianjin, Sichuan, Tibetan areas and other delicacies can be seen everywhere, enriching the food culture of Jiayuguan. There are many local delicacies in Jiayuguan, such as Jiayuguan Lamb Skewers,Desert onion with meat,Apricot Peel Water,ect.

8. How to Get to Zhangye from Jiayuguan?
Dunhuan g is located in Gansu Province in Western China, Xian is located in Shaanxi province. Around 1718km between Dunhuang and Xian city. The best way from Xian to Dunhuang is take the flight. There are 4 direct flights between Xian and Dunhuang every day. It takes about 2.5 hours by air. There is only one train (K367) from Xian to Dunhuang(22Hours).

9. What is the best Jiayuguan travel guidebook?
Xianprivatetour.com introduces detailedly Jiayuguan travel guides from 2014-2020, where large number of Jiayuguan attractions in 1 are collected, and tourists can find travel guidebook regarding popular scenic spots, popular cities, travel lines, food and most popular destinations.

10. What we can buy in Jiayuguan?
The main local products of Jiayuguan City are Facai (a kind of algae) and camel hair. In addition, visitors can also buy handicrafts and souvenirs, such as Yeguan Cup (Night Glittering Cup), carving products, camel hair painting, jade carving, Jiayu inkstone, and fresco rubbings.

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