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First Gate Under Heaven (Tīanxià dìyīguān)

First Gate Under Heaven (Tīanxià dìyīguān) Review

The first heavily fortified pass along the Great Wall as it runs inland from the ocean, this mighty four-sided citadel is an impressive. 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Diyiguan Lu, Shanhaiguan, 066200
  • Phone: 0335/505–1106
  • Cost: Y50, includes admission to Great Wall Museum
  • Hours: Daily 7:30–6.30
  • Location: Shanhaiguan
Updated: 05-28-2013

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