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(Western) End Of The Great Wall

Listed under Military History in Great Wall of China, China.

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The Great Wall of China terminates just beyond the city of Jiayuguan. The wall runs away from the fort on the edge of town and then stops abrubtly at the edge of the deep canyon that is the route of the Talai River.

A stone marks this as the western end of the Great Wall of China though, in truth, other sections do exist further west. As elsewhere, it would be better to say the Great Walls of China - but that's unlikely to catch on.

Unfortunately, someone saw fit to restore the last 50 metres or so of wall here which then look grossly out of place. That hardly detracts from the scene. Snow-capped mountains to the south stand out over the rugged desert landscape leaving every visitor with a feeling that this really is 'the end'.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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