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First Gate Under Heaven (Tīanxià dìyīguān)

  • Diyiguan Lu
  • Shanhaiguan
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 02/08/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


Diyiguan Lu, Shanhaiguan, Hebei, 066200, China



Sight Details:

  • Y50, includes admission to Great Wall Museum

Published 02/08/2016


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